LucidShape Enewsletter

September 2018

New Features in LucidDrive Version 2018.09

Resolution Improvement for Matrix Beam and Pixel Light Simulation
LucidDrive version 2018.09 provides improvements in order to support high resolution light distributions. In previous releases, light distributions with minimum cell size of less than ~0.15° have been resampled for the actual drive simulation to this threshold. Starting in LucidDrive version 2018.09, users can reduce the re-sampling threshold below 0.15° so that high resolution pixel light systems can be handled appropriately. From an engineering and performance/memory point of view, we highly recommend avoiding a minimum cell size of less than 0.01°.

Vehicle Detection Performance Enhancement
To improve performance for LucidDrive real-time applications, the vehicle (obstacle) detection algorithm has been changed to allow a higher frames-per-second (FPS) rating with a larger number of vehicles in the driving simulation. This is intended to improve performance primarily for state-of-the-art matrix beam and pixel light systems, as well as other dynamic headlights and AFS.

New Motorcycle AFS Tilt-Switch Plugin
The AFS tilt-switch plugin script for motorcycle simulations,, is now available. The script enables you to switch headlight functions on and off by the roll angle of the motorcycle.

For additional information about this release, including new features and bugs fixed, see the LucidDrive 2018.09 Release Notes on our Customer Support Portal

Software and License File Instructions

Direct-Sales Customers

Software and license key files for LucidDrive direct-sales customers are available on the Synopsys SolvNet website.

  • License key: You will need version 2018.09 license keys for this LucidDrive release. You can download license keys from the SmartKeys page on SolvNet at

  • To learn more about navigating SolvNet to obtain software and license keys, view our SolvNet overview video.

Distributor Customers

For customers working with distributors, you will continue to obtain your software and license keys from your local LucidShape software distributor. See the Synopsys Optical Solutions Group Global Contacts page for contact information. If your country is not listed on the Distributors page referenced above, please contact us at for instructions. 

For More Information

If you have any questions about LucidDrive version 2018.09, please contact


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