The VISION 2018 congress was highly satisfactory: The congress had taken place in an admirable manner with 27 exhibitions, 31 conferences, a panel discussion bringing together the greatest experts, and above all more than 600 participants from 24 countries on four continents—a growth of more than 20%. It was a terrific success, and the target for the subsequent 2020 congress was very ambitious, to build on that growth.
Then came the pandemic and forced a change of plans. But the ambition remains the same, even though the congress was shifted from an in-person Autumn 2020 event to an online event happening the 17th and 18th of this month, a little over two weeks from now So how does that work? How do we keep our targets and goals despite such a major shift? Here’s how: We carefully adjusted the time schedule of the program to allow participants all over the world to follow the congress as conveniently as possible—we will start later in the morning and will stop earlier in the afternoon, from the European perspective. We’ve made the conference in two parallel sessions to avoid conflict in the lectures.
We’ve enticed Marie Gautier-Melleray, the French Interministerial Delegate for Road Safety, to open the congress together with future Valeo CEO Christophe Perillat. We’ve organised a panel discussion to talk about challenges, benefits, and drawbacks of sensor integration into headlamps and front ends, with four top experts: Stellantis ADAS research and innovation expert Matthieu Dabek; Valeo ADAS CTO Joachim Mathes, Volvo Cars Exterior Lighting Technical Leader Paul-Henri Matha, and Marelli Automotive Lighting’s Andrea Stella, VP of Research and Development.
And—best of all—we’ve convinced all the originally-scheduled speakers to present their lectures as expected! So our ambitious targets are the same, and we fully expect to meet them with a grand, successful VISION 2021. We’ll (virtually) see you there!