For the engineers and experts who could not attend VISION 2010, or for the attendants who did not catch all the information, we are pleased to release a photo-illustrated report summarising significant topics from this lighting congress.
In 90 pages, Driving Vision News explain and comment the main topics presented at this congress. Don’t miss this reference report which highlights the main innovations in automotive lighting technologies and helps identifying the main players.
The topics cover:
• LED technology and its continuing improvements in optics, thermics, architecture, and power savings
• Adaptive light systems, new technologies moving very fast with the arrival of cameras to implement adaptive lighting technologies.
• Technologies combining LED and adaptive light covered with lectures on adaptive Lights using LED-Arrays to produce AFS, matrix-beam systems, and marking-light functions.
• Xenon technology and its constant progress; the huge benefit of Xenon 25W to improve safety and wattage consumption in comparison to Halogen
• Environmental aspects , within which the concept of the “wattage index” shows that for average cars and speeds, LEDs plus Xenon 25W can save more than 2g/km CO2 emission, resulting in a good and safe lighting generating less than 1g/km CO2.
In the second part of the report, DVN presents the drive night tests, with the main strong points:
• Performance differential with Xenon or LED is such that driving at night in bad weather conditions with legal halogen headlamps can legitimately be considered dangerous.
• Augmented, high-feature halogen lights with motorway and static bending functions improve the safety, but these complements are not enough.
• Xenon headlamps make night driving safe even in bad weather.
• LED headlamps have evolved significantly since the 2008 demonstration, and can produce a good light which permits safe driving at night in bad weather, but it is still a challenge to equal Xenon performance in terms of beam flux and coverage.
• The automatic beam selector is at long last a dependable, high-performance feature which permits maximum possible use of the high beam.
The author closes the report with pictures of this VISION 2010 lighting community gathering more than 250 people during 2 days and one night, talking about automotive lighting. Give it a look!