COVID-19 is continuing to kill more and more people in the world, pushing to work at home for most of us, and worrying about a very bad economic situation coming.
But there’s still reason for optimism. With several experts, we’re working on a study about the future of new lighting functions, including for safety, communication, and styling. We’re putting together interviews with automakers, lighting suppliers, and research institutes. The first interviews I personnaly conducted show that even if difficult months are in front of us, there are reasons to be optimistic on the future of automotive industry, in spite of huge economic problems.
• There was worldwide financial confidence before the crisis, not like 1929 and 2008, and this confidence will come back. Look at China, which is already in a trend of growth.
• More than in the past, people will wish more and more to use their own car to avoid contamination.
• One of the main thing most of us miss is driving. We will be happy to continue to drive, to use the car going where we want. From my side, my first action will be to drive, to drive at night, enjoying the freedom.
• Perhaps CO2 constraints will decrease, helping automakers spend less money.
I also think, that after few months, the lighting business will start again, using more safety technologies like ADB and new functions. Be patient and I hope at the end of the year, we will find the nice feeling automotive developments bring to all of us.
This week you’ll find our DVN Report on the North American vehicle lighting environment and ecosystem. And this week there is a new and last chapter in our onrunning saga “The Wonderful Story of Lighting”, wherein Jean-Paul Ravier presents new technologies. Don’t miss it.