Greetings from Delhi! The DVN India workshop started this afternoon with my opening lecture presenting an overview of the current and future of automotive lighting. I emphasised all the progress achieved these last years and the great expectations for the future. More than 200 people are present during this first day.
The preparation of the Delhi workshop was quite an experience, the most challenging since I started organising workshops. India has a different culture, and their car industry is focused on low cost to a degree not seen in Europe or North America for many years. I have learnt quite a lot about the Indian perspective, and I think it is quite possible to involve the Indian lighting community in the development and deployment of new coming technologies.
Now my attention turns toward Japan, where the DVN team are working to organise the most important workshop DVN ever. Most of the world’s experts will be present, the most renowned of them making lectures. Our industry is in an exciting but challenging time when the technologies are very difficult to manage: more resources needed, more expertise required, more investment in new technologies. We can’t make mistakes in important choices; as the tech grows more advanced and the development time cycle shortens, the stakes grow ever higher!
So, how do we know what to do? The DVN Workshop will certainly help. The rubric of the Tokyo workshop is Green Cutting-Edge Lighting Technologies. It will be held on the 18th of May for the welcome dinner, and on the next day, May 19th, for the conference, in one of the most beautiful Tokyo hotels: the Ritz-Carlton.
Because of the strong interest for this workshop and the large number of abstracts anticipated, a steering committee of ten experts are working to select the lectures. Please send your brief abstracts before the end of April.
And as promised last week, today we release our 100th DVN report. It’s our colourcade coverage of the 2016 NAIAS Detroit auto show, and we hope you enjoy it.
DVN Editor in Chief