What is adaptive lighting?
Adaptive Headlights are headlights which have a system attached to them that changes the direction of the light beams according to traffic conditions. When the driver makes a steering movement, the headlights will move accordingly. The difference with normal lighting is that normal lighting continues to shine straight ahead when cornering. Adaptive Lighting will turn with the steering, keeping the field of vision intact and not reducing it. Adaptive Lighting therefore makes it possible to see far into the bend while it is dark. More modern cars nowadays often have adaptive headlights as standard. Older cars do not yet have this feature included in the headlights. The brightness and position of the luminous elements are controlled by a separate electronic unit. In this way, the headlights always give the right light pattern.
Benefits of adaptive headlights
The rotating headlights bring many advantages. For example, the headlights provide optimum visibility and maximum view in all conditions. In addition, the system is linked to cameras in the headlamp. If the cameras detect oncoming traffic, the lights are automatically dimmed. This prevents accidents caused by other road users being blinded and unable to see the road.
Another advantage of adaptive lighting is that it is wide-angle. Wide-angle lights are focused on illuminating as large an area as possible. When driving on the motorway, the verge will also be illuminated in this case. This enables the driver to anticipate dangerous situations, such as crossing deer, more quickly. In addition, most adaptive headlights feature a motorway mode. The lighting will automatically adapt to driving on a motorway. Possible obstacles and traffic signs are better illuminated by the adaptive lighting, allowing the driver to see them more easily. More and more car manufacturers are equipping their cars with adaptive lighting as standard or optional extra, making it part of the safety package.