Building a Better High Beam

One everyday driving danger is high-beam headlight glare. As you’re likely aware, if an oncoming driver chooses visibility over courtesy, the result can be a dangerous loss of vision. Glare is considered a major reason why the traffic fatality rate is three times higher at night.

Now, researchers might have found a solution to this problem. The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has developed a high beam that can detect oncoming cars and dim the portion of light that reaches the other driving lane. That means the onus would no longer be on the driver to remember to flick the high beams off every time a car passes in the other direction.

The $890,000 study was funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has actively sought out research that can combat the issue of distracting headlight glare in an effort to lower that nighttime accident rate.

No word yet on how soon we might see these smart high beams in production vehicles.

Safer High-Beam Headlights Recommended (Detroit News)