The 5th DVN workshop was held on 4 July and was a smashing success, well attended by more than 130 experts from all sectors of the lighting and driver assistance community. On the eve before, the welcome dinner was a fantastic opportunity for attendees from all over the world to network with one another.
The 70 pages of the report published today are meant for all our DVN Gold members, including those who could not attend this exceptional event, and will brief you on the exchange of ideas, plans, innovations, and perspectives from automakers, researchers, regulators, academics, practitioners, and Tier-1 and -2 lighting suppliers about the introduction of new lighting technologies in Japan and beyond .
The first part is a summary of the seven presentations from the morning’s docket:
1) The most important factors which influence automotive styling and designers by Audi General Manager of Lighting and Vision Systems Wolfgang Huhn ;
2) The promising subject of energy consumption and a look at the question of when energy savings will become a pivotal driver by AL R&D V.P. Kamislav Fadel ;
3) Valeo/Ichikoh Bi-LED standard module and the interesting discussion on standardisation by Ichikoh Research Manager Olivier Barthomeuf ;
4) How to develop LED headlamp take rate: make LED headlamps both stylish and affordable by Koito’s Deputy General Manager Masaru Sasaki ;
5) Assessment of what has been seen at the last 5 auto shows Frankfurt, Tokyo, Detroit, Geneva, and Beijing by Valeo Lighting Marketing Director Benoist Fleury ;
6) Results of the first field test on automatic headlamp levelling and its real effects on glare by Visteon’s R&D Director, GTB Front Lighting W.G. Pres. Rainer Neumann ;
7) Closing of the morning sessions with a presentation on headlamp styling and optics by Stanley R&D Chief Takashi Sato .
The second part of the report presents the afternoon panels and round table sessions—these were a landmark, allowing for the first time exchanges of experience and opinions among the Japanese, Chinese, and European vehicle lighting communities.
Panel 1, chaired by GTB President Geoff Draper , focused on regulations and their impact on new LED lighting technologies. Panel 2, chaired by Ralf Schäfer , one of the greatest experts of light sources, discussed the future of new light source technologies LED, OLED, and lasers.
Round table 1, chaired by Jean-Paul Charret , focused on simulation with the help of three expert companies: Brandenburg, Mentor, and Optis. Round table 2, focused on components and materials, was chaired by DVN’s own Salomon Berner. Materials experts from Bayer and a lens expert from Docter Optics were on hand to discuss topical ideas. And round table 3, chaired by Ralf Schäfer, gathered AML-Systems and Sonceboz to discuss mechatronics and actuator-related matters of leveling, AFS, and ALS.
The third part of the report is a brief summary of the previous DVN workshops.
Ample photos are presented for a you-are-there feel.
Plans are already under way for the next DVN workshop, so…onward and upward!
DVN Editor in Chief