Editorial by Wolfgang Huhn, DVN Senior Advisor
Over the years and months, DVN has reported several times about the activity of GTB Strategy Working Group. This WG sponsors research about high-level innovative lighting functions to collect knowledge about the influence on traffic safety on a worldwide base. Such public knowledge is fundamental for the development of future technical regulations for road projections, communication devices, super low headlamps, and CO2 reduction.
But how does the industry bring smaller innovations into real traffic? We don’t talk about game-changing new systems, but visible new functions inside the country- specific regulations.
One company with a significant scientific knowledge about the market introduction of lighting innovations is Audi. My first visit as a DVN Senior Consultant leads me back to Audi to talk with the lighting team’s researchers about how they introduce something totally new in a responsible way. The team around Michael Hamm consists of fresh young Ph.D. Holders, Ph.D. Students, Bachelor and Master students. This team of researchers involves the employees of the whole lighting department and enriches the jobs of the engineers, software developers and project managers with a little bit of research work. No doubt, this is motivating and interesting beside the daily work. Audi use resources and infrastructure to ensure by publishing research that their innovations are neither glaring nor distracting but improve traffic safety. The results you can see every day on the road.
Some days ago, DVN and Osram Continental held a new kind of session: “OC × DVN @ Clubhouse–Transformation of Automotive Lighting” with about 25 listeners. Clubhouse is a new fancy invitation-only audio social media app for Apple iOS devices (Android in preparation). Overall it was a very nice first experience. More to come; we’ll keep you updated.