Optical and Photonic Solutions Blog


Driving Vision News Workshop Munich Recap

On January 28-29, 2020, Driving Vision News (DVN) hosted the DVN Lighting/ADAS Workshop at the Hilton Airport Hotel in Munich, Germany.

Main Hall of the Exhibition
Main Hall of the Exhibition


DVN workshops provide opportunities for the global automotive lighting community to gather and talk about industry trends and innovations. This year, DVN welcomed 350 attendees to the conference with a focus on adaptive headlights and rear lights for premium and generalist cars.

Talks were given by the OEMs Audi, BMW, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, PSA, Renault, Volvo and lighting suppliers Automotive Lighting, Hella, Koito, Mobis, Valeo, Varroc, ZKW, Everlight, Lumileds, Osram, Seoul Semiconductor, and Dominant.

20 exhibitors presented their products and services in the main hall. Synopsys and Synopsys distributor Light Tec exhibited the latest features in our LucidShape and LucidShape CAA V5 Based automotive lighting design products, along with Light Tec’s scattering measurement services and instruments.

Synopsys and Light Tec booth
Synopsys and Light Tec booth


Conference highlights included:

  • During the keynote talk, Dr. Carl van de Weijer outlined the radar, audio, and vision systems required for a modern semi-autonomous car, including ADAS technologies that will be mandatory for new vehicles in the EU in 2021.
  • Dr. Wolfgang Huhn introduced the first Audi DMD pixel light with 1.3 million micro-mirrors. Given the complexity of the system, it is quite compact.
  • Another pixelated design introduced by Audi was the modular OLED. It allows the arrangement of OLED triangles into displays for the dynamic display of symbols.
  • Jaguar Land Rover explored the topic of lighting communication. They investigated how many pixels would be required for different functionalities in a pixel light, from simple masking of oncoming traffic to complex symbol projection.
  • Ford introduced their EU ADB strategy, consisting of a basic layer followed by advanced headlamp levels 1 and 2.
  • Opel introduced the LED Matrix beam headlamp for the Corsa, a compact economy hatchback, and outlined their plans to introduce an 84-element LED pixel light headlamp for Insigna called IntelliLux.
  • Robert Isele from BMW outlined their current and future vision for interior design, starting with the X5 SUV, followed by a colorful concept called EASE.
  • Using the motto, “Light is the new chrome,” Dr. James Gourlay of DesignLED showcased spectacular luminating trims and fabric in his presentation and at the DesignLED booth.

    Images courtesy of DesignLED

  • Björn Sobischek of Future Lighting Technologies introduced a technology for weaving fiber optics into fabric, allowing for the combination of illumination and heating.

To learn more about DVN events:

To learn more about advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS):