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Automotive Lighting and Human Vision


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About this book


Visual perception is the most important of the human senses. Lack of visual perception is one of the main causes of accidents. The safety of vehicle traffic depends on how well automotive lighting supports the visual perception of the driver. This book explains the fundamentals of visual perception, like e.g. physiology of eye and brain, as well as those of automotive lighting technology, like e.g. design of headlamps and signal lights. It is an interdiciplinary approach to a fastly evolving field of science and technology, answering questions like "How does information enter our brain when driving a car?" and "What are the benefits and dangers of LED signal lighting?"


LED accident automotive engineering design information lighting lighting technology mechatronics safety science technology traffic vehicle visual perception

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.European Corporate Office & Innovation CentreGlobal advanced Visteon Deutschland GmbHKerpenGermany
  2. 2.Heinz Nixdorf InstitutUniversität PaderbornPaderbornGermany
  3. 3.Canterbury, KentUK
  4. 4.Department of Cognitive SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

About the authors

Burkard Wördenweber obtained his PhD in computer science at Cambridge University, England. He headed Hella's Corporate R&D and founded the L-LAB. He is an honorary Professor at Paderborn University. Since 2004 he is in charge of Advanced Engineering at Visteon. He has published a number of books on Innovation Management.

Jörg Wallaschek received his PhD from the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany. He is Professor of Mechatronics and Dynamics at the University of Paderborn and founded the L-LAB where he acts as chairman for the university partners.

Peter Boyce received his PhD from the University of Reading, England. He has been active in the field of lighting research for many years, in both the UK and the USA. He is Professor Emeritus at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and author of Human Factors in Lighting.

Donald Hoffman obtained his PhD at MIT. He is Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of California, and author of Visual Intelligence: How We Create What We See. He received the Distinguished Scientific Award of the American Psychological Association, and the Troland Award of the National Academy of Sciences.


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