U.S. to Allow New Headlight Technology in Vehicles
UNITED STATES – According to an online news report from motorauthority.com, the United States will soon allow new headlight technology for vehicles.*
Automakers have been able to turn out advanced headlight technology in international markets for years, while old U.S. regulations prevented implementation of the same in cars here at home. But thanks to a new regulation proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. will soon allow self-dimming adaptive headlight technology.
The headlight technology, according to NHTSA, has the potential to “reduce the risk of crashes by increasing visibility without increasing glare.” The lights will work on a “matrix” of systems, made up of numerous LEDs that enable continuous high-beam projection without blinding other drivers. An onboard camera sees the road ahead and automatically dims the lights when another vehicle is sensed.
The dimming itself is rather advanced, too. The system can dim one part of the light to avoid blinding an oncoming driver, while the rest of the light stays illuminated to maintain the best coverage for the driver inside. Maintaining this type of coverage will protect drivers from hitting objects and will protect pedestrians and bicyclists from accidents caused by lack of vision.
Right now, cars in the U.S. are required to have separate settings for high-beams and low-beams, and the driver has to manually switch between the two. The new regulation allows technology that integrates the settings and takes the work away from drivers. Automakers in the country have been pushing for the change for several years, particularly after the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has passed out numerous “poor” ratings for headlights in U.S. vehicles.
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