Optical Systems as the basis for innovations in Comfort, Safety and Driver Assistance

The future of mobility is being shaped by increasingly complex information and systems that impact on road users and their environment at every level. New optical systems are helping to overcome these challenges and pave the way for the development of new features. Lighting systems and optical displays are forming the basis for this. At ARRK Engineering, our core competencies lie in display systems, lighting systems and image processing as an integral part of networked systems.

Interdisciplinary development, testing and integration of optical systems

Our Center of Competence for Optical Systems covers all disciplines involved in their development, especially components and systems for networked display systems, lighting systems and image processing. ARRK Engineering undertakes the whole development process from concept and series development right through to testing and integration, working closely with our ARRK subsidiaries who are responsible for prototyping, tooling and low volume production.


Display systems

Central and networked display systems are a key component of safety and comfort features in today's vehicle concepts. For over 15 years, our 120-plus employees have been developing advanced systems from standard displays, to head-up displays, right through to the latest augmented reality features.

Overview of our display system expertise, components and tools


  • Requirements management
  • Specification of HMI and display and operating components
  • Optical simulation and reflection analysis
  • Opto-mechanics (design/integration/packaging)
  • Hardware and software engineering
  • Testing and validation
  • Metrology and laboratory systems
  • Mechanical and acoustic testing
  • Project management
  • Quality management
  • 3D visualisation, user experience and rapid prototyping


  • Head-up displays (windscreen HUDs, combiner HUDs and augmented reality HUDs (AR HUDs))
  • Central information displays
  • Rear seat entertainment
  • Combi instruments




  • ASAP
  • Fred
  • Light Tools
  • Lucid Shape

Lighting systems

We help our customers develop innovative lighting systems by providing optics and design expertise in headlight, tail light, interior lighting and ambient lighting. To bring intelligent lighting solutions to market, we run optical and thermal simulations, engineer optical components and housings taking account of design and functionality, develop hardware and software concepts, and supply prototyping solutions. All in compliance with statutory requirements and international quality standards.

A glance at our lighting system expertise, components and tools


  • Requirements management
  • Optical simulation
  • Light reflection and diffusion analysis
  • Opto-mechanics (design/digital modelling of surfaces/integration)
  • Hardware and software engineering
  • Mechanical and thermal simulation
  • Testing and validation
  • Project management
  • Quality management
  • Prototyping
  • Homologation
  • Technologies: LED, OLED, matrix beam


  • Dipped and main beam
  • Matrix beam
  • Adaptive front lighting
  • Indicator lights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Cornering lights
  • Parking lights
  • Tail lights
  • Brake lights
  • Indicator lights
  • Reversing lights
  • Parking lights
  • Reflectors
  • Ambient lighting
  • Reading light
  • Orientation light
  • Incident light
  • Door handle lighting
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Glovebox lighting
  • Displays


  • LucidShape
  • LightTools
  • Ensight
  • Fluent
  • FloEFD
  • Modelling: ANSA
  • Simulation: LSDyna, Pamcrash, Abaqus 
  • Postprocessing: Animator

Prototyping, tooling and low volume production

The ARRK Group brings together lighting expertise, global production capabilities and a wide range of manufacturing techniques. From 3D printing, SLA/SLS (plastic simulant), CNC (plastic/metal) and vacuum moulding (plastic simulant) for rapid prototyping, through to injection moulding with aluminium or steel tooling for prototyping and small series production. We're among the world's leading partners in optical prototyping.

See here for more details on the wider expertise of our Prototyping Division or the services of our sister company ARRK SPG.

  • Optical components
  • Fibre optics
  • Lenses
  • Headlights
  • Lighting solutions for show cars