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SAE 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 May 2012

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This report is mainly meant for automotive lighting and driver assistance experts who did not attend the SAE 2012 World Congress or who may have missed important lectures there. In this report, we précis and analyse the main presentations.

This year there was robust participation from Europe and Asia, a happy improvement over last year. The presentations covered a great depth and breadth of topics under the rubrics of lighting and driver assistance. Not only were there new presentations from well-known lighting veterans (J. Bullough, R. Neumann, J. Schug) but there were also lectures from voices we have not heard from before—certainly a welcome state of affairs.

Overall, the salient themes were both revolutionary and evolutionary. There was considerable discussion, of course, of the developments and refinements in LED headlamps and supporting technology. There was also a very keen paper on how to make better thermoplastic headlamp reflectors, and several interesting lectures about fancy and promising new developments in advanced crash avoidance systems—a term, we note, that appears to be gaining traction and may eventually either supplant "driver assistance systems" or come to refer to a particular subset thereof. One particularly fascinating new idea is to extend present notions of V2V and V2I communication by incorporating positional satellite data into crash avoidance systems.

 
Geneva Motor Show 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 April 2012

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The 82nd Geneva motor show gave display to a wide array of vibrant concepts and production models, from evolutions of electric and hybrid drive to a radical Bentley SUV and the rebirth of an icon in Peugeot's 208 GTi concept; manufacturers were certainly playing to their strengths. The show was a nice, easy introduction to the year. It was less intense than Frankfurt, less chaotic than Paris, less American than Detroit. It was the start of spring on neutral ground for every manufacturer, and gave a preview of the cars we can look forward to driving in the coming months. 

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US DVN Workshop PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 March 2012

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This past January, we held a DVN Workshop in North America for the first time. After Stuttgart in 2009 and Paris in 2010 and 2011, the 2012 DVN workshop was held in Rochester, near Detroit, a wonderful location, during the North American International Auto Show. The event was a smashing success, well attended by 125 experts from all sectors of the lighting and driver assistance community. There were researchers, practitioners, automakers, tier-1 and -2 suppliers, consultants, regulators, and academics. In a very active and full day, we had lectures and presentations, round-table panel discussions, display booths, and a great deal of high-level discussion and exchange of ideas.

The 114 pages of this report will brief you on the exchange of ideas, plans, innovations, and perspectives from automakers, researchers, regulators, academics, practitioners, and Tier-1 and -2 suppliers in the automotive lighting industry. In the first chapter, we précis lectures from such experts as ValeoSylvania's Jerry Dittrich and John Orisich, Osram-Sylvania's D. Hulick, D. Vanderhaeghen from Philips, Audi's Wolfgang Huhn, Visteon's Rainer Neumann, Mike Larsen from GM, Mahendra Dassanayake of Ford, AL's Ernst Olaf Rosenhahn, Michael Flannagan from UMTRI, and RPI-LRC's John Bullough.

The second chapter presents the four round-table panel discussions, including presentations of panel chairmen Ingolf Schneider (Opel), Kamislav Fadel (AL), Thorsten Warwel (Ford), and Dennis Novack (Chrysler):

• LEDs: Limiting factors and main challenges in US market
• Will LED lighting really save energy?
• Does LED Intelligent Lighting improve safety?
• How LED can contribute to make lighting more attractive?

Moreover, profiles of 25 T1 and T2 lighting companies present at the workshop are presented with contact information for their experts and managers and a guide to how lighting fits into their strategy. Among these are:
Tier 1 : AL, Grote, Hella, Koito, NAL, Odelo, SL Corp, J.W. Speaker,  Valeo, and Visteon.
Light source suppliers : Osram, Philips, GE, Nichia, and Seoul semiconductor.
Plastic/coating suppliers : Bayer, Sabic, GXC and DBM-reflex .
Electronics providers : Freudenberg, Mitsubishi Electric, Osram, and Philips.
Simulation software developers : Brandenburg, and Delvis.
Components suppliers : CCI, Docter Optics, and Sea Link.
Mechatronics developers : AML Systems and Sonceboz

At the end of the report, the author presents pictures of the main players of car makers and Tier 1 & 2 lighting suppliers talking together at the DVN workshop.

The inexorable march towards LED will have implications for all market participants, requiring alignment of products, engineering skills, and capacities. How and when these new LED technologies will impact the US automotive market was the central question which has been discussed among automotive lighting experts from all round the world.

 
NAIAS 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 February 2012

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2012's North American International Auto Show was different to 2011's in a very substantial way: Last year's was revolutionary, while this year's was mostly evolutionary.  This is no great surprise; the 2011 show came after three completely awful years for the auto industry as a whole. Strong signs of life returned with a vengeance for 2011, and we were delighted to report on American automakers' notable discovery of lighting technology and technique as much more than just a necessary expenditure to comply with prevailing regulations.

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Auto Expo Dehli 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 February 2012

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India, the world's second-fastest growing auto market, is in top-gear growth. The country is a hot destination for automobile manufacturers due to its robust economic growth, favourable demographics, higher disposable income, changing lifestyle and positive industrial eco-system. India is expected to become the third biggest automaker in the world within next decade.

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ISAL 2011 report PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 October 2011

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This report on ISAL 2011 Congress is for readers who did not attend the congress or who missed some lectures on account of scheduling conflicts with the parallel sessions.
DVN developed a little more than half of the 65 presentations, with abstracts for the others.

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IAA International Auto Show PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 September 2011

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The 64th IAA, International Auto Show, was very different from the 2010 and 2009 shows. More than during the 2010 Mondial in Paris, the products shown and the luxurious exhibition booths emphasise a renewed optimism this year with a welcome return of some dreamy concept and exciting production cars. From simple styling studies to full-on predictions of forthcoming production models, the numerous innovative prototypes at Frankfurt showed renewed confidence within the automotive industry. In this report, we focus on this new, brighter situation and present all the new cars exhibited in Frankfort.

Concept cars with the most innovative lighting include: Audi A2 concept, Mercedes-Benz F125, BMW i3 and i8, Alfa Romeo 4C, Citroën Tubik, Ford's striking Evos, Peugeot’s HX1 and 508 RXH, Hyundai's CUR3, Renault's Frendzy, Volvo’s Concept You, Seat's IBL, Toyota’s secondgeneration FX-86 concept, Chevrolet’s Miray, Kia’s GT, SsangYong's X1V, Subaru’s BRZ, and Mitsubishi’s PX-MiEV.

 
SAE Worldwide Congress 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 April 2011

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This report is written primarily for automotive lighting experts who were not present at SAE 2011 World Congress or who may have missed important lectures there. In 30 pages, we summarize and analyze the main presentations.
This year there was relatively sparse participation from Europe and Japan, which was a pity. But about 100 people attended—some standing for lack of enough chairs—which is a big increase over the past two years and shows renewed genuine interest in the subject of vehicular lighting and related matters.

The lectures covered LED and HID technological developments and in-depth survey studies of lighting-related safety performance and human factors issues.

Lawrence Rice from Osram presented a clear, interesting lecture about optical design facts and factors with LED headlamps, and Josef Schug from Philips gave a detailed lecture about current strategies and coming trends in heat sinking and thermal stackup with LEDs in headlamps. Joachim Reill of Osram Opto Semiconductors presented a technical discussion of some non-obvious bad effects of heat on LEDs, and how these can be mitigated. Rainer Neumann from Visteon presented with his usual charisma a lecture (and movie!) on 25w HID headlamps. Another paper on the topic of 25w Xenon was presented by Helmut Tiesler-Wittig from Philips.

John Bullough from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lighting Research Center presented two lectures, one about U.S. concerns over headlamp glare and visibility—which point up US drivers' and news reporters' poor understanding of lighting. Bullough's second lecture showed the great effects on discomfort glare of the background luminance of a glare source such as a headlamp.

The exhibition was very weak in lighting with few small companies as DMC (Thermoset producer) and Hamsar (aftermarket LED headlamps) presenting their products. Some concept cars already presented at NAIAS or Geneva were shown. This is in contrast to the much larger lighting presence at the SAE expo in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when many major Tier-1 and Tier-2 lighting suppliers were present. On the other hand, this year's lighting presence and interest at both the congress and expo was markedly stronger than last year's or 2009's, so we can look forward to (and work toward) that trend continuing.

 
Geneva Motor Show 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 March 2011

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2011’s Geneva auto show was very different from those of the last 2 last years. The atmosphere was positive this year with a welcome return of some real supercars and concept cars. From simple styling studies to full-on predictions of forthcoming production models, the prototypes were numerous at Geneva. They were innovative and show renewed confidence within the automotive industry.

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NAIAS Auto Show 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 January 2011

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Just last year, things looked grim. It was difficult to find much basis for optimism in the way of lighting or driver assistance innovation in the American market. There were dribs and drabs here and there, but they were mostly employed as marketeering hooks, considered on par with a new paint colour. What a difference a year makes!

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