AAA: Adaptive Driving Beam Headlights Could Reduce Fatal Vehicle Crashes
UNITED STATES – According to an online story published at newsroom.aaa.com, AAA is supporting allowance of adaptive driving beam headlights in the United States, after research shows they could lower the number of fatal vehicle crashes in the country. Nighttime driving comes with a much higher risk of fatality accidents for drivers and pedestrians in the U.S.*
Adaptive driving beam headlights are already available on vehicles in Europe and Canada, but they are not allowed under U.S. law. According to AAA, vehicles with these headlights have 86 percent better lighting on roadways than vehicles in the United States with standard low beams. AAA is supporting passage of legislation that would allow these headlights to come to the U.S.
“Driving at night doesn’t have to be such a risky undertaking for Americans,” said John Nielsen, AAA Automotive and Engineering Repair Managing Director. “The technology not only exists but is being used in other parts of the world to effectively provide the amount of light needed to keep drivers and pedestrians safer.”
AAA has concluded based on prior research that more than 60 percent of drivers in the United States do not use their high beams when driving at night. When using their standard low beam headlights and driving at 40 mph, drivers do not have adequate time to react when objects or people are in the roadway, AAA says. High beams can improve sight on the road by 28 percent and are far better at high speeds than low beams.
For the most part, American drivers leave their high beams off to avoid blinding other drivers, which they should do. But adaptive driving beam headlights will sense other vehicles and shade the light to prevent vision obstruction to other drivers.
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