The VISION congress was held last week—online because of the pandemic. We retain from this congress the high level of content. A great variety of speakers presented insightful lectures about technologies and techniques, automaker and supplier strategy, and safety and design analysis. We also were favourably impressed with the unusually fruitful Q&A periods after each session. Really, they were more like panel discussions with audience participation. What a pleasure to see experts led by the chairman, talking with colleagues and answering attendees’ questions. The Q&A, prolonged though it was at 30 minutes per session, deserved to be still longer.
I want to thank the members of the Steering Committee who followed, month after month, the preparation of the congress, integrating endless changes.
I want to thank the members of the Scientific Committee who selected the abstracts; it is to their great credit that the lectures were at such a high level.
Last but not least, I want to thank the speakers and the session chairs, who all did a wonderful job.
All of us, we have done our best despite constraints imposed by the pandemic, and I think we succeeded. This week’s DVNewsletter brings the main takeaways from the congress.
All that said, I do have a deep regret: While so many innovations and prototypes were presented, we were not able to have the night ride-and-drive demonstrations that have long been such an integral, characteristic part of the VISION congress. Here is hoping we can return to that practice soon.
Now, I am focused on the Shanghai DVN Workshop set to take place in less than a month. This workshop will be a hybrid event, held face to face for attendees in Shanghai, and also online with global attendees able to follow at a time convenient for them.