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ADAC : Xenon Lights for Safer Roads PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 November 2009

Two weeks ago, we published the results of tests conducted by ADAC, Germany's automobile association, showing that Xenon headlights are a huge safety improvement over conventional car headlamps, improving lighting by up to 71%.
The ADAC testers called for the mass introduction of Xenon for safety reasons, considering the better lights cost a reasonable €995 on the Skoda Superb.


Safer road with Xenon Ligh
We received three kinds of interesting feedback from our members following our publication of the results of these extensive tests.


The first feedback favours the status quo, and is along the lines of “Xenon light is a superior light, ok, but halogen light can be considered satisfactory as far as safety is concerned”.
True, but satisfaction is merely a subjective feeling, depending on drivers’ knowledge and awareness, which might vary from country to country and changes with time. We are tempted to remind the claims of BAST TüV and LRC surveys "Xenon light saves lives "and also the influence of age on drivers’ ability to cope with unforeseen obstacles by night drive ( see “Dynamic Bending Light Put to Test”, DVN June 2009). At speeds of 50km/h, most drivers over 30 years won’t be able to avoid unexpected obstructions on a left curve with halogen light. Bending Headlight is helpful but only Xenon strong light output will give that population of drivers the necessary safety margin required by their braking security distance.



Editorial by Wolfgang Huhn, Audi, for 100th DVN newsletter PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 November 2009
Dear reader,

Today we all send our congratulations to the DVN team for the 100th newsletter!

Other centenaries are celebrated this year by Borussia Dortmund, the Driving Licence, the Paris Air Show and Audi. DVN obviously is mixed in the best society.

By the way, did YOU expect 100 newsletters?
In a continuous row? Honestly?
Yes, of course I did – after a while.

I deeply admire Hector Fratty's work. His enthusiasm and staying power. His will to bring the lighting community closer together. And his success in doing this. Thank you, Hector.

What about the next 100 newsletters? Where is our future? And where is our future money? We all run a risk these days that complete company budget goes into CO2 reducing technologies. We have some CO2 relevance by electrical power consumption, but not in the Euro NCAP test cycle. We have some potential in weight reduction, but not substantially.

I am fully convinced that our money is in the car customer´s budget. We need to make most desirous headlamps and tail lamps. If the lamps are one (ok, not the only one) reason to decide for a specific car we have done a good job together with our designers. The latest safety functions and a good light distribution are more than essential. To be absolutely clear: We have the responsibility for the life of our clients while they are driving at night. But the wallet opens easier by the heart than the brain.

Wolfgang Huhn
Audi General Manager Lighting and Vision systems

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