This report summarises the proceedings of the 2018 DVN Tokyo Workshop. It is not a substitute for having attended the event, but it conveys the main points of each lecture and describes the highlights of the expo booths. All in all, there were 21 lectures, a grand keynote address, and a panel discussion. The three most important points developed by all the speakers:
1. Lighting has a great future, helped—and not doomed—by the arrival of autonomous vehicles.
2. ADB is the primary main solution to improve safety by night, but we need to improve the performance; reduce system cost, weight, and volume, and get all the world’s regulators onside.
3. The next big challenge is V2X communication by light. We have to work together and be involved to achieve proposals able to win technical, cultural, and regulatory support worldwide.
Highlights of this report include accounts of the presentations by Honda’s Ryou Chijimatsu and Nissan’s Hitoshi Nakagaki, who presented their vision of the lighting future in context of Japanese lighting culture; comments by Wolfgang Huhn on the possibility that last Spring’s Uber pedestrian fatality could have been avoided with ADB, and lectures by Renault’s Paul-Henri Matha and PSA’s Whilk Gonçalves emphasising the importance of lighting to be seen.
Lighting suppliers described the status of their ADB and V2X research and development, and light source makers presented their great progress in LEDs and lasers.
There’s coverage of the regulation session with two great lectures by Peter Bodrogi (about the lighting needs of ageing drivers) and Michel Locuffier (about how UN vehicle regulations must be developed in the 1998 Agreement).
Tier 2 suppliers presented their innovations and outlooks.
Where authorised by the speakers and their companies, links are provided to the lecture slides. Links are also provided to short video interviews with some of the speakers and exhibitors.