The recently-held International Symposium on Lighting (ISOL) organised by the International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) focussed on the automotive lighting roadmap
The International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) recently organised the 6th International Symposium on Lighting (ISOL). The two-day biennial symposium on lighting attracted participation of over 800 delegates from across the spectrum of the automotive industry. ICAT has been successfully conducting the ISOL event since 2009 and over the years has managed to turn it into a globally relevant platform discussing automotive lighting technologies. ICAT has been researching and testing lighting technologies since 2006.
While lighting technologies for automobiles have been constantly-evolving, this edition of ISOL laid special emphasis on lighting measurement and testing. The event was inaugurated by Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal in the presence of CV Raman, Sr Executive Director (Engineering), Maruti Suzuki India; Praveen Paranjape, Director & Senior Vice President, Honda Cars India; Dr JK Jain, Chairman & Managing Director, Fiem Industries; NK Minda, Chairman & Managing Director, Uno Minda Group; Yasuo Ishihara, President, Yamaha Motor India R&D; Dinesh Tyagi, Director, ICAT and Dr Madhusudan Joshi, DGM, ICAT & Convener of ISOL 2019.
Delivering his inaugural address Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal highlighted the importance of light in the everyday lives of people. Reiterating the need to take forward the Make in India initiative, Meghwal recommended building on the three key pillars of the fourth industrial revolution – robotics, AI and 3D printing. LED is a crucial technology for India and the widespread integration of this technology across the country was the need of the hour, he noted. The Union Minister, who was part of an interactive audience session, dwelt on the criticality of lighting in road safety.
Speaking at the inaugural session, Dinesh Tyagi, Director, ICAT, underpinned the latest technological developments in the area of automotive lighting and the most recent advancements made by ICAT in the field of automotive testing and R&D. Tyagi shared insights on the future of lighting technology and elaborated on how ICAT was assisting OEMs and suppliers in this crucial transformation journey.
ISOL 2019 saw 24 technical papers being presented in six sessions spread across two days. These papers discussed subjects such as intelligent lighting systems, silicon-based LED technology, upcoming optical technologies, EMC measurement in lighting technologies, plug & play LED systems, automatic controlled light philosophy, lighting measurement for LEDs & related regulations, high security registration plates history & Indian perspective in changing lighting technologies, standards & directives and lighting design, and Japanese regulations for motor vehicle lighting, among others.
The event hosted an exhibition at ICAT Centre 2 with over 30 stalls for automotive lighting component suppliers as well as vehicle display of over 14 new models from different OEMs. The event served as a knowledge-sharing platform and provided an opportunity for participants to network with various industry stakeholders. Moreover, the objective was to promote self-reliance as well as encourage designers to create an atmosphere of innovation in the automotive lighting industry in India.
The two-day symposium featured two panel discussions on the subjects of “Intelligent Lighting: The Road Ahead” and “Road Safety in Dark Hours: Assisting and Alarming Technologies”. The first panel comprised Todd Morgan, Senior Vice President, Global Product Development, Varroc Lighting Systems; CS Singh, Chief Technology Officer, Uno Minda; Vineet Sahni, CEO & Executive Director, Lumax; Alok Jaitley, Senior Vice President, Maruti Suzuki India and Rajendra Khile, General Manager, Renault Nissan Technology & Business Centre India. The session was moderated by Deepangshu Dev Sarmah, Editor-in-Chief, Auto Tech Review.
The panel deliberated on the contemporary lighting systems and the road ahead for such technologies. CS Singh said automatic headlamp levelling will be the next big technology in improving road safety. Vineet Sahni said intelligent lighting systems will be an eventuality. He estimated that since intelligent lighting systems would keep improving and as the technology moved from vehicle segments A to D, the intelligence functionality would keep getting added. Alok Jaitley stated that light glare is a safety issue and ideated that lighting technologies should be created in a way to optimise lighting for the driver without affecting other road users. Todd Morgan was of the opinion that lighting will lead to a higher level of personalisation and will also be used for communication. Rajendra Khile spoke about making lighting systems more affordable and called for the need to make non-fiscal incentives available to make these technologies more affordable.
The second panel discussion focussed on road safety. The panellists included IV Rao, Visiting Senior Fellow, TERI; Mandip Tack, MD, IDIADA Automotive Technology India; Apurbo Kirty, Chief Associate Engineer, Mahindra & Mahindra; Pradeep Tewari, CEO, Uno Minda and Roopak Sharma, Associate Vice President, JCB. The session was moderated by Ramashankar Pandey, Managing Director, Hella India Lighting. The panel deliberated on policy and education as real enablers for improving road safety in the long run. The discussions revolved around creating zero accident zones that can be developed into a model of excellence and multiplied further.
The organisers handed out various awards to the participants for innovation as well as excellence. At the valedictory session, ICAT also announced holding the 7th edition of ISOL in 2021.
TEXT: Joshua David Luther
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