New Self-Adjusting Permanent High Beams Makes Volvo Cars Safer at Night

By | February 27, 2013
Debuting at the Geneva Motor Show next week, Active High Beam Control will soon become available in the updated 2014 Volvo S60, V60, and XC60, making them safer and more comfortable while driving at night. These new high beams have a mechanism that prevents oncoming drivers from being distracted by the bright light, automatically adjusting the light beam and making it possible to use them constantly. Volvo's Active High Beam Control comes with many advantages, the main being that the traffic outside the shaded area is illuminated. This helps to improve the driver's ability to detect objects at the side of the road, ranging from parked cars to animals. "Our aim with the renewed Active High Beam Control technology is to enhance visibility in the dark by making it possible to use high beam permanently, without having to switch to low beam when meeting or catching up with other cars," said Prof. Lotta Jakobsson, Senior Technical Specialist Safety at Volvo Cars Safety Center, in a statement. This system helps to shade out part of the beam when approaching other vehicles, helping not to blind or dazzle them. The technology uses the camera for auto brake systems by the rearview mirror to help identify what area needs to be shaded, and is accurate enough to frame a specific object with a 1.5-degree margin.
In the headlamps is a projector module where the control unit sends the information. The Active High Beam Control can pick up vehicles as small as motorcycles and features Xenon lamps. It is active at speeds as low as 9 mph. This technology will be available on select Volvo models in Spring 2013. Source: Volvo