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Press Release ECE/TRANS/00/2

Geneva, 4 April 2000

Presentation of new headlamps for vehicles

A new front-lighting system for vehicles will be presented today in Geneva. Known as Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), the new lighting technology improves significantly visibility for drivers at night while reducing glare to drivers going in the opposite direction, including under bad weather conditions.

Vehicles equipped with the new AFS technology will be exhibited in the park surrounding the Palais des Nations on 4 April 2000 at 9.00 p.m.

Provided with senso-motric control, the new AFS headlamps are able to adapt their light to different situations such as adverse weather and wet roads, bending roads, country roads, motorways or town streets, while permitting a correct visibility of overhead road signs.

The presentation is held on the occasion of the 44th session of the UN/ECE Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (GRE), a subsidiary body to the UN/ECE World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29).

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The Group will assess the advantages of the AFS technology and possibly adopt it as a new requirement for future vehicles.

More information about the activities of GRE and WP.29 is available via the Internet, at the following address:


For further information, please contact:

Mr. J. Capel Ferrer, Director, or
Mr. A. Erario, Secretary to GRE
Transport Division
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE)
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

Telephone: (+41 22) 917 24 01
Fax: (+41 22) 907 00 39
Email: [email protected]
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