Always looking for the next innovation to make driving safer, Volvo has announced a new Active High Beam Control technology that will allow drivers to use their high-beams at all times without blinding other drivers.
While Mercedes-Benz already offers a similar system that will dim the high-beams when an oncoming car is detected, Volvo’s Active High Beam Assist uses the camera already in place for the Volvo city safety and cruise control systems to detect when a vehicle has approached. Once a car is “seen” then it can block out just the portion of the view ahead where the vehicle is, ensuring that the rest of the field of vision is properly illuminated. In fact, it’s so precise, Volvo says it even works to shade out a small enough space to be effective with motorcycles.
The advantage of this system, says Volvo, is that is still allows drivers to see objects, parked cars, animals or pedestrians on the side of the road.
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“The technology makes driving at night more comfortable and safe. It also makes it easier to focus on the driving and is an excellent example of our Designed Around You approach, always focusing on features that really make a difference to the customer,” says Prof. Lotta Jakobsson, Senior Technical Specialist Safety at Volvo Cars Safety Centre.
Working at speeds as low as 9 mph, the Volvo Active High Beam Control will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week and will be available next year on the updated S60, V60 and XC60.