Getting from Point A to Point B should be simple, especially at night. However, problems can arise quickly depending on road conditions and visibility, and to solve this issue, Volvo recently introduced state-of-the-art high beams that can help drivers keep their eyes on the road.
At the March 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Volvo highlighted its Active High Beam Control, an innovative mechanical system installed in its vehicles' headlamps that actively and selectively shields oncoming traffic or cars being followed from the high beam lights. Active High Beam Control allows drivers to keep their high beams on at night without putting others at risk, which could significantly benefit motorists nationwide.
"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 safety specialist at the Volvo Cars Safety Centre.
With Active High Beam Control, drivers can illuminate the road everywhere, except vehicles approaching from the opposite direction or cars being approached from behind. The results could be significant, and motorists who can see the entire side of the road and other drivers will be more likely to maintain control of their vehicles at all times.
So how exactly does Active High Beam Control make it easier for motorists to stay focused while driving? Like most Volvo innovations, the automotive manufacturer's focus on technology provides a major boost that could help drivers stay safe.
Active High Beam Control uses a camera already installed in the Volvo’s rear-view mirror for the car’s detection and auto braking system that detects other cars and calculates the area to be shaded within a 1.5-degree margin. The system also activates a tiny cylinder with different sized metal pieces that shade the selected area to the proper degree.
Thanks to Active High Beam Control, Volvo owners won't have to worry about motorcycles barreling down the road at night either. The system works with motorcycles at speeds as low as nine miles per hour, helping motorcycle and car owners shine bright.
Volvo will begin including Active High Beam Control in its S60 and XC60 models shortly. The system may noticeably impact drivers for years to come, allowing them to follow the rules of the road and enjoy the comfortable, world-class driving experiences provided by Volvo models.
This article is presented by Jackie Cooper Imports in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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