Adaptive headlights are increasingly common on all cars from affordable models to German-engineered performance vehicles. But why adaptive headlights?
Adaptive headlights are relatively new and still remain unfamiliar to most drivers. They are an active safety feature which assists in widening your field of vision for night driving. Adaptive headlights use different systems – depending on the manufacturer – but use either sensors or cameras to monitor the car’s position and alter the headlights functionality accordingly.
A few features that adaptive headlights have to offer
Auto High beam
Auto high beams have high beams as the default light setting. Forward mounted cameras identify oncoming vehicles and send signals to your headlight which automatically switch to low beam without any help from the driver.
Another cool feature from adaptive headlight systems are self-levelling systems. These counter upwards movements of the car from travelling over bumps – by self-levelling the headlights, avoiding glare for drivers travelling in the opposite direction.
Adaptive headlights use swivelling headlights or static headlights equipped with additional reflectors – which widen the field to either the left or the right, specifically when the car turns to change direction.
GPS enabled headlights
A further advancement of adaptive headlight technology includes the integration of GPS location data. Such integration will create the possibility of using GPS location data to predict road type and location – setting the light required ahead of time.