India has by far, the worst road safety record in the world. In 2015 alone, there were 5,01,423 accidents on Indian roads with two-wheelers accounting for the largest share at 28.8%.
This led to a total of 1,46,133 deaths. That’s nearly 17 lives being lost every hour of the day every year.
So it’s only logical that safety be improved. To this end, the government has mandated that all new two-wheelers being sold from April onward come with Automatic Headlamp On (AHO) feature. This is similar to the daytime running lamps (DRLs) on cars.
On two-wheelers with AHO, the headlamp will come on from the time the engine is switched on. There isn’t a need to manually do so by the rider. This increases safety, since the vehicle can be spotted earlier and a dangerous situation avoided before it’s too late.
Manufacturers have already started rolling out vehicles that have the AHO feature. Most imported motorcycles already have this since the feature has been a requirement in Europe since 2003.