Lighting technology for vehicles is evolving so fast that not only are questions popping up all over the place, but so are answers—often with conflicting ideas about what's to come.
After analysing the literature, lectures at ISAL and VISION, and the latest DVN workshops; reviewing reports from universities, and many meetings, Leo Metzemaekers, Ralf Schäfer, and Hector Fratty, three of the vehicle lighting world's top experts, decided last Autumn to effect a study with the goal of bringing forth a strategy guide for practitioners and decision-makers.The target of this DVN study is to comprehend the impact of this fast lighting evolution and enable the automotive lighting industry in their technological development plan, while providing guidance to practitioners, regulators, and communicators.
The main part of the work is to interview all the worlwide experts, car makers, set makers, light source suppliers, universities. So 33 companies, 13 car makers, 10 lighting suppliers, and 10 universities and regulators were interviewed, including in total more than 60 persons, being all leading lighting experts. Additionally DVN got input for the study from the first Think Tank in Munich and the more recent Think Tanks held January 2017 in Detroit and April 2017 in Shanghai.