370 attendees made the 2017 Shanghai Workshop DVN's biggest ever. Today our report on the Workshop has gone live. Its four parts:
1. Summary and analysis of most of the 25 lectures including automakers Audi, PSA, Nissan, Honda, Great Wall, SAIC-VW, and set makers AL, Hella, Mobis, Stanley, Valeo, XingYu, and ZKW. Overspanning highlights:
• Digital manipulation of light is replacing hardware. ADB, though not yet allowed in the USA, is the headlighting technique of the future. Everybody's working on it (matrix/pixel, DLP, LCD, µAFS, or scanning) to improve the resolution.
• But ADB is not suitable for dense mega-cities, so it is important to define a new light function such as Honda's ACL.
• Headlamp aim is a real problem for automakers and suppliers because improper aim effectively spoils even good lights. Everyone is working on how to improve their lights' IIHS rankings.
• Standardisation is a cost-lowering technique car makers are increasingly using.
• Fast progress in LED & laser efficacy, luminance, and accuracy.
• Regulations need to adapt quickly and be safety-orientated, anticipating new technology and autonomous vehicles.
• New concepts (e.g., holography) and reliability improvements (e.g., condensation management) are now available to car makers.