Audi Wants to Change a 45-Year-Old U.S. Headlight Rule

Audi is planning to put its new A8 sedan in showrooms around the  world, but its new headlights will not be featured until a piece of American legislation from 1968 is repealed.  This regulation requires that headlights have a switch between a high setting and a low setting.  Although these new headlights don’t meet this requirement, they do much more.  They illuminate around corners as well as adjust automatically to pedestrians, traffic, and road conditions.  The improved headlights, if and when they are approved, are expected to raise sales for Audi.  According to Jeremy Anwyl, vice chairman of auto researcher Edmunds.com, new headlights are considered “jewelry.”  For this reason, Audi is teaming up with Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and General Motors to lobby lawmakers to change this piece of regulation.
It is not surprising to see that as technological advances are made, laws from the past are becoming obsolete.  It seems obvious that these new headlights can help drivers travel more safely, but, because of the recent cuts made to government spending, the effort by auto makers should be a challenge.

Written by: Constantine Kostikas

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

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