Last week we released our report on the DVN Shanghai workshop. We hope you like the new format, with expanded information and lecture slides available on the Workshop microsite available via www.drivingvisionnews.com. We look forward to further refining it with your feedback; please take a moment to let us know what you think. Meanwhile, what do we retain in the long run from this very successful workshop?
• The OEM lectures, notably Wolfgang Huhn’s presentation about his vision of lighting with the matrix beam emphasing Audi’s pioneering position, LED DRL styling differentiation and full LED; and the lecture of Uwe Kostanzer about the achievement of Daimler with new technologies and his wonderful videos;
• Kamislav Fadel’s presentation on his vision of trends of technologies and above all on the challenges of the increasing workload brought by the new technology;
• The two lectures from Mobis on predictive AFS navigation control and from Stanley on new optical devices and the hybrid LED/Laser headlamp;
• The regulation session, maybe not so keen as the introduction of new technology and technique but so very important in a time when new technologies are coming so fast.
Moreover, we retain the lectures from Chinese origins. Not much in new technology, maybe, but a great glimpse on the Chinese market and its implications for the worldwide market: what technologies are used, what lighting trends are strong and which ones are weak. Today the Chinese are followers but we clearly see they will be soon active lighting players and innovators.
I was also impressed by the active discussion amongst all the attendees, in front of exhibition booths and in the meeting rooms during lectures, breaks, and dinner.
Indeed, this workshop was the most important event I have ever attended since the start of my automotive lighting career over 45 years ago!
DVN Editor in Chief