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ADAC: Xenon Lights 70% Safer PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 November 2009
ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e.V), the largest German Automobile Club with over 15 million members, published in November the results of extensive tests on Xenon headlamps, conducted with the cooperation of Hella, to evaluate whether Xenon light was worth the price for the driver in terms of safety and performance.

Aiming operation

The tests were performed on 5 car models, comparing Halogen and Xenon equipped versions.
Test cars were VW Golf 6, Opel Insignia, Skoda Superb, Mercedes E-Klasse, Nissan Qashqai.
A full LED HL equipped car, the Audi R8 was also tested, to compare this new technology with Xenon.

This evaluation proves the enormous advantage of Xenon in terms of good and safe light, and concludes Xenon lights are well worth their price.

From left to right: VW Golf 6, Opel Insignia, Skoda Superb, Mercedes E-Klasse, Nissan Qashqai, all Halogen equipped and the same cars Xenon equipped, Audi R8.

Safer road with xenon light

Talking about feeling:
- The widespread perception amongst drivers that Xenon light is dangerous because of disability glare for the opposite vehicle was not confirmed by the ADAC test results.
- On the contrary, Xenon is even less bright than halogen light, said Testleiter Martin Ruhdorfer from ADAC. The effect is purely psychological.
- Many drivers make the mistake to look directly into the lights of the in-coming cars. But they should in principle overlook the light.

Xenon will light the road better and allow adaptative lighting thanks to its generous quantity of light.

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Monday, 09 November 2009
This week, Driving Vision News is focused on Japanese news with 2 publications:

Tokyo Motor Show report
Take a look at this report, which gives a good overview of the many new Japanese vehicles on display as well as the state of the Japanese lighting and driver assistance suppliers’ strategy and innovation. With so many new Japanese models at the show, we captured a better sense of the forthcoming trends of these car makers and the confirmation of their first priority of energy reduction which means for lighting suppliers wattage reduction, weight reduction and depth reduction.
It is interesting to understand in this report the link between the new environmental needs of car makers and the styling consequence on headlamps and rear lamps.

Interview with Ichikoh chairman
Kazuo Kawashima explains how he divided by 20 in 6 years Valeo customer line return, what is his strategy and what he is now doing at Ichikoh, a company with 3.500 people for sales of €1.1b from a strategy.
He presents an interesting position on why Xenon take rate is so high in Japan and on the targets of his company. He shares his views on the future of LED headlamps concerning lighting performances and cost.

And we’ve got more news and views in the works — stay tuned!

Sincerely yours

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