Paris was at the centre of two big lighting events in October: the Mondial auto show and the VISION congress. As far as lighting is concerned, the main notable phenomenon was how widely and rapidly LEDs are gaining ground. They’re found in most premium and mid-range cars. In turn, the adoption of LEDs is driving new styling adventures: multiple lenses with square, rectangular, and special-shape contours replacing the traditional round-optic look. And there was quite a bit of communication on ADB, which likewise is rapidly gaining ground.
And the VISION congress confirmed how fast lighting technologies are evolving in their development and commercialisation—truly at astonishing rates and in whole new ways; a decade ago nobody could realistically have imagined LED low beams or laser high beam boosters, let alone non glare high beam systems.
Now we see two forthcoming events in the Detroit area: the North American International Auto Show and the DVN Workshop on 12 October evening and 13 October, 2015. NAIAS, as always, will be focused on vehicles for the North American market. It will be interesting to see whether and how the push, driven by European and Japanese automakers, to get regulatory permission for ADB in the USA, will extend to communication at the auto show level.
We’re gearing up the DVN Workshop to meet the many requests for another such event in America. In a period where lighting technologies are going so fast, we have to closely follow the trends and also the evolution of regulations. A special panel discussion chaired by GTB President Geoff Draper will gather top regulation experts to talk of challenges of these new technologies. Things are shaping up nicely; we’re lining up some interesting and unusual presentations. Start making plans to attend, and by all means join us in encouraging your North American associates to present your newest findings and innovations.
The most urgent task is for attendees to register on DVN website and book your hotel room at the Royal Park Hotel, the workshop week in January with NAIAS being the busiest of the year.
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