Beginning in 2006 when I left Valeo, my main concern was to create a tech watch, a news and communications hub to boost and bolster the lighting world. Ironically, I was working in the dark; I had no benchmarks, no information on competition, supplier offers, automaker needs, regulatory developments, or relevant research. I promised myself I would do something to change all that.
I didn’t know how to proceed, what process to engage, so I carefully studied what existed already and what needs weren’t being met, and after a year of thinking, planning, exploring, and studying, I decided to put my developed ideas into action by launching DVN. It was not easy, but with the knowledge I’d gained it was very clear what to do.
I deeply thank the automakers, lighting suppliers, and research outfits who helped me a lot both technically and financially. Now, after a decade and half, DVN is working very well, helping our members to receive all kinds of information in the weekly DVNewsletters, the DVN Reports, and the DVN Workshops, as well as the community networking and communication facilitated by the DVN website.
As is our custom, I’m happy now to present the reports we will publish in 2021. After Lighting in Developing Countries published last week, we will bring you a DVN Report on four months’ worth of newly-launched vehicle models, which is our adaptation to the current COVID constraints preventing us visiting and reporting on traditional motor shows.
That’ll be followed in March-April by two wonderful reports, one on the latest evolutionary development in ADB technology and assessment, and the other on Exterior decorative and ambient lighting. In May we’ll bring you a DVN Report on the Shanghai auto show combined with the Shanghai DVN Workshop, then in Taiwan we’ll publish our first report on lighting in Taiwan. Keep watching this space for information about DVN Reports to be published in the second half of the year.
This week we present several news items on CES exhibitions, starting with Koito’s lighting and sensor innovations. I’m ever so glad you’re with us!