Opel and Darmstadt University Agree for Stellantis' First OpenLab

Opel and Darmstadt University Agree for Stellantis' First OpenLab
Opel and Darmstadt University Agree for Stellantis' First OpenLab

German manufacturer Opel signs a partnership agreement with Darmstadt Technical University (TU Darmstadt) on new lighting technologies. This collaboration is the first formation in Germany of the research network called "OpenLabs", initiated by Stellantis with reputable universities. The scope of this new partnership, which was established to gain scientific knowledge on the next generation automotive lighting systems, will be in 5 main development areas: communication assistance systems, adaptive headlights, taillights, interior lighting and light sources.

Bringing superior German technology together with the most contemporary designs, Opel breaks new ground in lighting technologies with its cooperation with Darmstadt Technical University (TU Darmstadt). Opel, the German member of the group, made the first collaboration in Germany within the scope of the global research network 'OpenLabs' project of Stellantis, one of the world's leading automotive groups. In this context, the strategic partnership with TU Darmstadt will be an important step towards the transition to the new era of lighting technologies. However, the group will initially provide funding for the next four years to three doctoral students in the University's Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.

“It will do more than light the way”

Evaluating the partnership between Opel and TU Darmstadt, Opel CEO Uwe Hochgeschurtz said: “Advanced adaptive headlight systems do much more than illuminate the road according to current conditions. They are connected to numerous auxiliary systems and make driving safer and more comfortable. Together with TU Darmstadt, we want to develop completely new lighting systems and put them on the market. We are happy to work with science and research experts from TU Darmstadt”.

Higher security with more accurate lighting

This new Open Lab, created by the collaboration between Opel and Darmstadt University, means a win-win partnership for both partners on the way to next generation lighting technologies. Opel Outdoor Lighting Innovation Leadership Engineer Philipp Röckl said, “We have been working with experts in the field for many years. Our lighting technology cooperation with OpenLab will intensify and strengthen in the long run. The current research project was originally planned for four years. But the goal is to create a strategic partnership for the next ten years and beyond.”

From the lab to the car

Philipp Röckl, “OpenLab at TU Darmstadt; It focuses on the further development of communication and driving assistance systems, adaptive headlight systems, taillights, interior lighting and light sources in general. With this collaboration, we bring a holistic perspective to lighting. Lighting goes far beyond the headlights of the car and has a great importance in many areas," he said, expressing the brand's approach to headlight technology. Darmstadt University Lighting Technology Laboratory Head Prof. Dr. Tran Quoc Khanh, on the other hand, said, "If everything goes as planned, the first vehicles with lighting technologies developed with Stellantis will be on the road by 2028 and have one of the smartest lighting technologies in the world."

Intelli-Lux LED® Pixel Headlight System used on Insignia, Grandland and Astra models

Opel continued its tradition of making innovative lighting technologies accessible to a wide range of buyers, by bringing the Intelli-Lux LED® Matrix headlight into the compact class, as it did in the previous generation Astra, which was named “European Car of the Year 2016”. Now we are moving on to the next phase of this development. Intelli-Lux LED® Pixel headlights, used in Opel's Insignia and its renewed SUV Grandland, are used for the first time in Astra. The new member of the compact class, with a total of 84 LED cells, 168 of which per headlight, is a new member of the compact class, which adapts to the situation and does not dazzle other road users. zamThe moment provides a precise and perfect lighting scheme. LEDs are integrated into the ultra-thin headlights. The main headlight removes oncoming vehicles from the illumination area in milliseconds. The remaining fields are zamThe moment remains illuminated with the high beam for optimum visibility and safety.

The paradigm shift implemented in the production process of the sixth generation Astra is also closely related to the development process that the brand started in 2018. Experts from the fields of design, marketing and engineering were involved in the process to combine Opel's German values ​​of being accessible and exciting with its design language, technology and vehicle content. As a result of the work of this successful team, the bold and simple Opel design philosophy was born. In this way, Astra with a very special character was created.

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