MEMA submitted detailed comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Dec 11 regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Amend Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108 Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment to Permit Adaptive Driving Beam Headlighting Systems. The comments argue that the NPRM is an important opportunity to modernize American standards for vehicle lighting.
“Vehicle lighting is a critical safety feature on vehicles. Suppliers of vehicle lighting equipment and systems are continuously innovating to provide the best possible illumination for driver visibility and optimal conspicuity for other vehicles and road users,” the comments say. “Technology in this space has seen significant advancements over the years, however, some technology has been hampered by static regulations. As such, MEMA applauds NHTSA for recognizing the importance of amending the U.S. lighting standard to permit ADB headlighting systems, granting the 2013 petition for rulemaking, and proposing performance requirements. As noted in the agency’s NPRM, these ADB systems have been allowed in other global markets for several years. MEMA views this NPRM as an opportunity for NHTSA to modernize our nation’s vehicle lighting standard.”