The Allianz insurance company has awarded Opel its Genius 2010 award for its AFL + security lighting system. This adaptive lighting system increases safety with nine automatic lighting settings and optimizes the driver’s field of visibility.
Rita Forst, Vice President of Global European Vehicle Engineering at Opel, received this award in Leipzig from Genius skipper Karsten Crede, a member of the board of directors of Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty AG.
Pedestrians and cyclists are hard to see in the dark and are therefore often involved in serious accidents, Crede said in his speech. The adaptive front lighting AFL + optimizes the driver’s field of visibility and the illumination of the road edges without blinding whoever approaches in the opposite direction. According to Allianz, the system significantly reduces the risk of accidents at sunset and night.
Forst accepted the award on behalf of the entire team of engineers who have worked on the project. “Opel was the first car manufacturer to bring the AFL to market – the combination of dynamic xenon curve light and static turning light – in 2002,” said Forst. “With the AFL +, which joined the Insignia since 2008 and is available in the new Astra since last year, we offer the most advanced lighting system in the world. Of course, we are very happy with this recognition of our work.”
The AFL + ensures optimal visibility with nine automatic lighting settings. The system incorporates bi-xenon headlights with width, direction, and variable angle of light, to drive in the city, pedestrian areas, rural roads, and highways.
This light complements the adverse weather light, curve dynamics, long-turn assistant static rotation, and daytime running lights with a 9005 led bulb lights. The sensors and software constantly monitor the environment, traffic, and weather conditions so that the system can activate the appropriate lighting function.
This result is the sixth time Allianz has awarded the “Genius.” With this award, the insurance provider honors the commitment of car manufacturers with the development of technologies that increase road traffic safety. This annual award aims to improve public awareness of the importance of safety and motivate manufacturers to optimize their products in this regard. Technologies that have won this award include the ESP electronic stability program, brake assistance, and tire pressure control system.