28 September 2021 ·

Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) Explained

You may have heard a lot about Mazda's Adaptive Front Lighting. What is it, exactly? How does it work? 

One of the most important factors in mitigating driver fatigue and increasing safety during night driving is providing a well-illuminated field of view. The Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) optimises the distribution of light from the headlights according to driving circumstances. Depending on vehicle speed and steering input, the system points the low-beams headlights in the direction the driver intends to travel.

In combination with discharge headlights, the system illuminates a greater distance and more brightly compared to halogen headlights, improving the driver's field of vision and visibility around curves and at intersections during night driving. Mated with the auto-levelling function, the system offers a stable distribution of light unaffected by the vehicle's position. Maintaining the illumination axis, the system helps to prevent drivers of oncoming vehicles from getting blinded when many people or a lot of luggage weighs down the back of the car, or when the vehicle position changes going over a bump or driving up a slope.

* AFS is designed to reduce the risk of accidents by providing a well-illuminated field of view. However the system has its limitations, and no safety system or combination of such systems can prevent all accidents. These systems are not a replacement for safe and attentive driving. Please drive carefully at all times and do not rely on technology to prevent an accident. Not all of these systems are available on all models or in all markets, so please contact your local Mazda dealer for details on availability. Please refer to your owners' manual for additional important system details, limitations and warnings.