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Valeo's glasses reduce glare from oncoming headlights (Photo: Valeo)

LAS VEGAS -- Valeo, which is using this year's CES to boost its credentials as an automotive technology innovator, announced four new driver-assistance systems at the world's biggest consumer electronics show.

The French automotive supplier presented a pair of smart anti-glare glasses - les lunettes - which soften the intensity of the headlights of oncoming cars. It also showed the second generation of its Mobius cockpit, which allows automated driving under certain conditions.

Furthermore, Valeo demonstrated Sightstream, a side mirror replacement that, executives said, will be on a production car in two years.  And it showed a remote windshield defrosting and cleaning system - RemoteClean4U - that can be triggered with a smartphone.

Valeo CEO Jacques Aschenbroich told reporters at CES that the innovations are part of a corporate strategy aimed at replacing the traditional driver-centric approach of the auto industry with a new focus on mobility and the driver's environment.

Electrification is a key part of this transformation, which will ultimately result in driverless driving, Aschenbroich said. "We are totally convinced that electrification of the car will enable autonomous driving," he said.

Jean-Francois Tarabbia, Valeo's head of R&D and product marketing, said a key goal of his company's product initiatives is to increase the value of the car to customers. Drawing comparisons with the value added by new smartphone apps, Tarabbia said: "We ask ourselves what else a smart car can do for users."

-By Arjen Bongard