First off, a big thank-you to each of the 275 attendees at the DVN Workshop held last week North of Detroit, Michigan. I took great pleasure in welcoming 34 car makers, 79 set makers, and 162 Tier 2s, universities, and organisarions. I also would like to thank the exhibitors which have presented such innovative products and the speakers for their interesting lectures.
What do I retain from the event?
- The importance of simple, performance based, technology neutral, safety-orientated regulations.
- With the arrival of autonomous cars, there are many new lighting functionalities which will need some kind of general agreement to avoid confusion;
- Digitalisation of vehicle lighting will progressively supplant hardware; ADB is the primary main technology everyone is working on with multiple techniques: matrix/pixel, DLP, LCD, µAFS, scanning, etc;
- Headlamp aiming during the whole vehicle life time is becoming a real challenge for automakers and their suppliers because bad aiming destroys the performance of good lighting equipment;
- Many electronics firms well established in other fields are moving in the vehicle lighting arena as the presentations and booths by NXP, Lear, and IAV showed;
All the information concerning the workshop will be published in the next reports to be downloaded from our website (only for DVN members) with links to the lecture notes and slides (contingent on release approval).
Thank you also for all your positive feedback on the Workshop. The nice words of one attendee is representative:
“Thank you very much for an excellent and extremely valuable workshop. When I was justifying the travel, I put this workshop as part of my learning plan. While I was doing this, I had no idea how educational this workshop would actually be. I learned a lot and the information puts many of my futuristic ideas in different perspective!”
Onward and upward, as always.