CDTF students and participants of the course Technical German for international students explored past, present and future lighting engineering in automobiles at a tour of Hella in Lippstadt. The course participants got an impression of lighting, glare and visibility conditions of different types of headlights such as halogen, LED and LED matrix system in a lighting channel which is a 145m long and 11m wide paved piece of road where head lights are tested independent of environmental influences. LED head lights can be used continuously in high beam mode without blinding oncoming traffic; the individual LED's are automatically turned off within a second so that oncoming cars are not affected by the distribution of the high beams.
At L-Lab, the research institute, the group was given a perspective of automotive lighting engineering of the near future. Whereas the driver signals to a pedestrian via eye contact, facial expressions or gestures that he/she notices him/her, autonomous cars will communicate by lights. Light signals indicate to the pedestrian that the sensory system of the car has noticed his/her direction of movement. The group was also interested in the options to already join project teams while still being a student. Lennart Kimpel, HR Marketing (first from the left), introduced entry-level career opportunities ranging from internships to Master's scholarships and cooperations within Bachelor's and Master's theses to the mechanical engineering students, a number of whom are in the process of applying for industrial internships. The group was accompanied by Vera Denzer, who as the course instructor enables the international students to establish initial contacts with engineering companies in Germany within the course Technical German.