Adaptive Headlights


The US Finally Allows Adaptive Beam Headlights

The NHTSA has approved the use of adaptive beam headlights in vehicles, amending the federal motor safety standard set in 1967.

Adaptive Headlight Technology Was First Developed in the 1930s

Early systems had headlights that rotated when the steering wheel was turned.

GM’s Autronic Eye system used a sensor to detect oncoming vehicles and adjust the high beams accordingly.

General Motors Embraced Adaptive Technology Early

Adaptive Headlight Systems Can Lower the Risk of Crashes

The NHTSA claims that ADBs   can improve distance illumination without reducing visibility for other drivers.


Adaptive Driving Beam  |  Video source: BMW


Fewer Accidents, Fewer Insurance Claims

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports a 10 percent reduction in insurance claims for vehicles with ADB systems.

The Laser Light system can adapt to certain traffic situations, reducing the need to fiddle with the light controls.

BMW’s Adaptive Headlight System Can Help You Navigate Traffic

Video Source: BMW USA

Precision Lighting with Matrix Headlights

Matrix LED headlights automatically adjust the brightness, direction, and shape of the light beam to follow the curve of the road.

Video Source: Audi USA

Smart Headlights are Getting Smarter

Duke engineers are working with a top headlight manufacturer in China to create a smarter headlight that uses machine learning to recognize its surroundings.

Many Automakers Have Included ADBs in Newer Releases

Models like the 2022 BMW X3, 2022 Ford F-150, and 2022 Mazda CX-5 will soon brighten US roads.

2022 Ford F-150

2022 BMW X3

2022 Mazda CX-5

Image Source: BMW Newsroom, Autoevolution, Automacha

Adaptive Headlights Have Revolutionized Car Safety But…

They can fail over time just like any other component in your vehicle.

Adaptive Headlight Malfunction Is More Common Than You Think

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