The 2009 SAE World Congress was held April 20-13, 2009 at Cobo Center, Detroit.
Our exclusive report in depth presents:
– The main lighting papers on LED energy consumption benefits,
– The Halogen/Xenon/LED studies and survey results.
– One interesting paper on a new BiHalogen projector module with details on its development, light source, adaptability, and performance characteristics.
– Several good papers analysing the safety aspects of Halogen vs Xenon vs LED, with some surprising results on glare.
– A paper on the 25W Xenon headlamp bulb which shows its ability to compete with Halogen on lighting performance and energy consumption, and even on lifetime price.
– A German survey on drivers’ awareness about lighting offers which shows that lighting suppliers face big challenges promoting good lighting.
We rue the absence of papers related to AFS, Xenon and LED technologies and papers related to styling, one of the best levers for lighting technological innovation.
In a time where so many technologies are arriving in high beam assistant or adaptive lighting, we can also regret absence of appealing papers on these items..
Congress attendance was sparse compared to previous years. 60 people attended the sessions in 2009 compared with more than 200 people a few years ago. Main presentations were from European companies.
At the end of the reports, several pictures of all the SAE lighting players are presented.
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