NHTSA Opens Door to Adaptive-Driving-Beam Headlights

This article describes adaptive-driving beam headlights, which continuously adjust the pattern of the headlight illumination to create a shadow around other vehicles, based on input from a forward-looking camera. The idea is to provide the visibility of a high-beam headlight without the glare for oncoming drivers or for cars in front of the vehicle. The author notes that a potential change to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard for headlights would allow these types of headlights in the U.S. A brief comment from a researcher at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is included. Readers are referred to a related article (May 2018) that describes an IIHS study on pedestrian fatalities from nighttime crashes.


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  • Accession Number: 01688544
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 16 2018 6:29AM