At the 21st DVN Workshop held online last week, 250 attendees were present from 100 companies, including 20 automakers and 25 Tier-1 companies. 15 countries were represented from Europe, North America, Japan, China, Korea, and India.
It was for me the best DVN workshop ever considering the content of the lectures. For this reason, DVN is publishing today an exceptional newsletter totally dedicated to the summaries and takeaways of all the lectures. Registered attendees have the possibility to follow the VOD of all the presentations until the end of this week. And for those who didn’t register, watch this video to get a glimps of the event spirit. Please use preferably Chrome browser.
What do we retain from this terrific first DVN e-Workshop?
• The lighting industry achieved this year great progress in ADB, as shown by Daimler, BMW, Volkswagen.
• The great future of ADB, from around 7% in 2020 to around 20% in 2025 (outside US), using various technologies like µLEDs, DMD, Scanblade o LCD, with a large range of pixels going up to 100 kilopixels and even into the megapixel range to have a good marking light on the road.
• The needs to decrease power consumption is becoming more and more important; saving for example 50W in the two DRLs corresponds to a saving of 1g/km CO2. It is a strong opportunity for lighting suppliers to offer new solutions in LEDs, optics, electronics, thermics, simulation, material.
• it is now possible to assess the performances of ADB not only in terms of lighting itself, but also in decrease of driver stress thanks ADB.
• Car interiors are becoming stronger product differentiators on the basis of extensive software and electronics with artificial intelligence.
• Regulations are becoming more and more important. It was interesting to catch the latest information related to GTB and NHTSA, from GM’s Michael Larsen, Audi’s Wolfgang Huhn, and Varroc’s Rainer Neumann.
• The last message from Geoff Draper, leaving GTB, and going to a deserved retirement is worth repeating: “We have to encourage governments—China and USA—to actively contribute to the development of the technical requirements in a common forum (the UN Working Party on Lighting and light-signalling, GRE) following the example of Korea and India to routinely introduce the updated technical requirements into their national legislation.”
Indeed it was a very fruitful workshop. The feedback of many attendees confirms it.