The 2015 ISAL congress last week put several salient points firmly in mind. There was remarkably broad involvement of the lighting community, with more than 800 attendees, 32 exhibition booths, 62 lectures and 20 posters and the wonderful keynote of Pr. Nakamura about efficiency improvement.
That’s a huge increase over the attendance figures of the previous ISAL.
Lectures and discussions were noticeably focused on LED/Laser technology and ADB, mainly matrix, pixel, DMD, MEMS, and LCD. These lectures represented more than half of the total presentations and clearly showed where the future of automotive lighting lies.
What quick the lighting technologies went !
There were two interesting panel discussions, one about ADB and laser technologies concerning regulatory factors in ECE, SAE, and various countries; the second panel brought the Steering Committee members together to discuss a range of aspects of today’s lighting situation. The posters were interesting; some of them really deserved to be developed into full oral presentations.
The giant attendance figure this year also meant new speakers who made great presentations and proved they are in it for the long haul; we’ll surely be seeing and hearing more from them over the coming years. But the lack of time for for some interesting lectures is regrettable; some of them deserved to take more than 10 minutes. Conversely, the advertising videos seemed excessive both in length and in count—sometimes two or three of them in a single 10-minute lecture.
Next, we bring you thoughts from Prof. Khan, who discusses early feedback on ISAL and describes his vision of automotive lighting in the future.
This week the report on the Frankfurt auto show goes live with detailed information and pictures of Audi A4 and the Audi e-tron quattro concept with its matrix laser and OLED technologies, BMW 7 series with its cutting edge lighting technology with laser light and anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant models, Jaguar with their new range XE, XF, XJ and now F-Pace, Mercedes Concept IAA, the surprising Opel Corsa with matrix lighting, Peugeot’s Fractal and its aggressive lion appearance, Porsche Mission E with its matrix LED headlight, Renault with their new signature started with Espace and now with Kadjar, Megane and Talisman, and Volkswagen with their wonderful Tiguan light. All this and more in the report; be sure to get it for yourself!
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