We call your attention to the 5th DVN Tokyo workshop well attended on 4 July by more than 130 experts from all sectors of the lighting and driver assistance community. I was impressed by the active participation of more than 100 Japanese lighting players—truly this was a substantial, fruitful, thoroughly memorable event. Our 75-page report on Workshop Nº5 are meant for all our DVN Gold members, including those who could not attend this exceptional event, and will brief you on ideas, plans, innovations, and perspectives about the introduction of new lighting technologies in Japan and beyond from automakers, researchers, regulators, academics, practitioners, and Tier-1 and -2 lighting suppliers.
The first part of the report provides summary and analysis of 7 talks presented by:
Wolfgang Huhn, Audi General Manager of Lighting and Vision Systems
Kamislav Fadel, AL R&D V.P.
Olivier Barthomeuf, Ichikoh Research Manager
Masaru Sasaki, Koito’s Deputy General Manager
Benoist Fleury, Valeo Lighting Marketing Director
Rainer Neumann, Visteon’s R&D Director, GTB Front Lighting W.G. President
Takashi Sato, Stanley R&D Chief.
The second part of the report comprises the active, productive panel discussion 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—we thank him for the masterful job he did of it—focused on regulations and their impact on new LED lighting technologies.
Panel 2, chaired by Ralf Schäfer, one of the greatest light source experts in our community, discussed the future of new light source technologies including LED, OLED, and lasers.
Round table 1, chaired by the redoubtable 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.
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 précis of the previous DVN workshops.
Ample photos are presented for a you-are-there feel.
I thank again all the 130 attendee participants. DVN provided the venue, the docket, and the structure, but the participants’ work was what made the event such a great success. I also would like to wish happy holidays to everyone going on Summer vacation. This year has been tumultuous and difficult, and they deserve some days of rest. We’re staying on the job, and we’ll be here when you’re back!
DVN Editor in Chief