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Adaptive LED Headlights Get NHTSA Approval in the U.S.


LED adaptive headlights on the BMW 1 Series (F40).

Adaptive headlights feature banks of computer-controlled LEDs that can be aimed in very specific locations; they can illuminate the distant road in front of the driver similar to high beams, and also aim the light away from oncoming traffic.

Credit: BMWBLOG

The U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration issued a new rule permitting the use of adaptive light-emitting diode (LED) headlights on U.S. roads.

The $1-billion infrastructure bill passed in November contained a measure allowing the rule against use of such headlights in the U.S. to be modified.

The housings of adaptive headlights contain computer-controlled LEDs that can be aimed in specific locations; they can illuminate the road ahead of the driver similar to the way high beams can, while also focusing the light away from oncoming traffic.

Luxury automakers like Mercedes-Benz and Audi have been using adaptive headlights in their vehicles for years; while the legal hurdles have been cleared, their U.S. deployment will likely not happen quickly.

From motor1.com
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