DVN US Workshop 2015 Print
Tuesday, 03 March 2015


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The 10th DVN Workshop was held at Rochester, MI, US on 13 January, 2015 with 230 attendees from automakers, tier-1 and -2 suppliers, researchers, regulators, and individuals who develop, build, specify, and regulate vehicle lighting around the world.  We asked worldwide experts to share their views and news under the rubric Future Lighting Technologies, Techniques, and Regulatory Affairs. Topics included LED, laser, and OLED lighting, numerous perspectives on ADB, new issues in simulation and regulation, and discussion of specificities particular to the North American realm. Twenty exceptionally thoughtful presentations and four round table panel discussions illustrated how each contributor sees the technology and how they might be focusing their choices on investments in engineering, materials, people, and production. In every presentation, common themes built the consensus developed at the workshop: automotive lighting has dramatically changed in recent years, the rate of change is accelerating, and its future will become more complex and interesting with styles continuing to become more diverse and innovative. Today in 2015, design and creative styling are already greatly influencing how lighting will be engineered and in many cases, posing a significant engineering challenge to incorporate the visual cues of the design and deliver it to production.

A captivating Keynote address was delivered by Carnegie-Mellon University's Dr. Srinivasa Narasimhan, who described the fascinatingly polyvalent "programmable" front lighting system his research team has devised with extremely high resolution and low latency.

Session 1, chaired by Daniel Stern, centred on car- and setmakers’ visions on ADB technologies. GM’s Michael Larsen gave an update on progress toward regulations for ADB in America. Then Hella’s Hans-Theo Dorissen spoke of the challenges for ADB in the future ADB, followed by  Varroc’s Rainer Neumann on the future of ADB considering light performance and regulations.
ZKW’s Jürgen Antonitsch made a lecture on innovation, followed by Valeo’s John Orisich on how US Consumers deserve ADB technologies. JWSpeaker’s Dragan Popovic finished the session by presenting his company's motorcycle ADB to solve the bank-angle headlighting problem.

Session 2, chaired by Ralf Schäfer, focused on the future technologies in lighting.
The session started with BMW’s Christian Amann  on the contribution of laser to nighttime safety. Then FCA’s Dennis Novack presented the trends of exterior lighting at Fiat Chrysler..
The next lecture was from Ford’s Luciano Lukacs about global cars and regional beam patterns, followed by AL’s Andrea Stella on the trends in modular concepts for LED headlamps. Koito’s Masaru Sasaki spoke on the continuous evolution of lighting with emphasis on today's compact and performant LED modules,  and Mobis’s Taewon Lee's thoughts on lighting in the future closed the session.

Session 3, chaired by Ingolf Schneider, centred on electronics and component manufactures.  It started with Philips’s Dirk Vandenhäghen  on tailored solutions. Then NAL’s Tom Poorman gave what must be the most important presentation of the Workshop, a rigourous analysis of the real safety effects of headlamp lens haze. Sea Link’s Randy McFarland presented a lecture on the benefit of magnesium, then NXP’s Prem Sharma described the key role of electronics in LED lighting system functionality. LMT’s Thomas Reiners closed the session with a lecture on goniophotometry considering modulated intensity distributions.

Session 4 was chaired by GTB President Geoff Draper, and got started with a presentation from Audi’s Stephan Berlitz on the regulatory impacts on innovative lighting functions, followed by Bart Terburg on Osram’s regulatory support of future lighting technologies and UMTRI’s Michael Flannagan on how to maximise the safey benefits of advanced headlighting.

This report summarises all the presentations and panel discussions. The reader is referred to the original lecture slides. The innovative systems, products, and components discussed during the Workshop are summarised herein.