The high rays looking for obstacles and avoiding the eyes of approaching leaders are just the beginning of what is coming.
Varroc, Detroit Free Press

Millions of Americans move in the dark. This is not a metaphor, that is the state of the US technology for headlights and maintenance compared to places such as Canada, Europe and Japan.

Only about half of the 2018 models in the US offer "adequate" headlamps and often only expensive, options loaded with options. This has shown good visibility for many US drivers, according to the Road Safety Insurance Institute, an industrial group that tests and protects safety features.

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Additionally, the experts claim that the wrong installation reduces the efficiency of many advanced headlights, turning what must be a safety aid into the obvious trouble for other drivers

It is easy to recognize the problems if you were at the wrong end of a bright headlamp directed at your eyes, but harder for people driving cars with inadequate lights or foggy, blurred lenses, they do not know what they are missing while they are literally blinded by an unexpected curve, building zone or other obstacle that their lights do not illuminate. "

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Focusing the light when drivers need it

Help is on the way but there is no information when it will arrive. The National Road Traffic Safety Administration, which sets standards for vehicle safety, works under new technology rules called adaptive driving light or ADB lights. Autoproducers and suppliers are eager to offer the best systems they already sell in most of the world.

"Lighting technology has never accelerated, as it is today," said Todd Morgan, senior vice president of global lighting development at Varroc, who has an engineering center in Plymouth, Michigan, west of Detroit.

High intensity and halogen headlights in front of them, LEDs were initially limited to luxury cars, but Morgan said: "LED lights are developing and their price becomes affordable" for compact and small cars and SUVs. Varroc's goal is to make other new lighting technologies available to brands and vehicles on the mass market.

ADB lights combine three features that are innovative and have proven to keep millions of miles in highly regulated markets for sure. They consist of:

  • Many high beam beams
  • Full high beams
  • Talking systems for light from the eyes of other drivers and street signs or potential obstacles such as deer on the side of the road

"We speak for a safety system with proven benefits, "said Morgan. "We have data from Europe, but we do not know when it will be legal in the US, it's a huge shame."

The latest ADB lights use digital cameras to detect upcoming vehicles, street signs, and more. The software includes or disables the selected LEDs, keeping the light from the eyes of the drivers and illuminating signs, pedestrians, roundabouts, etc. Early ADBs used lenses or mechanical blinds to do the same. from traditional lights, Bullough says LEDs have to withstand the life of the car so that increased use will not lead to higher replacement costs.

Bright lighting on towing

Other technologies and products that come include:

  • Lights to complement LED lights, increasing the range of headlights to 50%
  • Micro mirrors on LED chips that would could allow staff signpost lights, etc.

Personalized and programmable driver lighting will require more regulation, Morgan said, "We do not want to turn the roads into discotheques."

LEDs and high intensity lights get a bad signal from people, who think they are too bright or harsh, dazzling other drivers. This is often due to the fact that the emergency lights are incorrectly mounted and are pointing too high, but the approaching driver does not know that while they squeeze the light and curve all the LED lights. or towing loads whose weight pushes the rear end downwards and raises the angle of the headlamps. This is a lesser problem in Europe, where automatic headlamp control systems are common. The same systems that allow ADB to avoid the eyes of drivers must be able to adjust automatically for hauling.

NHTSA develops ADB testing standards that look tighter than the sometimes subjective ones created by the European Union and the United Nations. 19659037] Enhancements in lightweight lenses reduce the likelihood of blurring and blurring over time. This did not happen with the old glasses, but this is a problem as car manufacturers switch to plastic to save weight.

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