June 5, 2021

Blinded by Brighter Headlights? It’s Not Your Imagination.

By Christopher Mele

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The rising use of light-emitting diodes and the popularity of pickups and S.U.V.s have prompted complaints about the glare and intensity of headlights.

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  1. Blinded by Brighter Headlights? It’s Not Your Imagination.
  2. Brighter Headlights Prompt Complaints About Glare

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  David Aylor, the manager of active safety testing at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, said technology known as high-beam assist automatically switches high beams to low beams when it senses an oncoming car.
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  The feature, which was introduced about five years ago, is becoming more readily available. Whether it has reduced complaints about headlight glare is not yet clear, Mr. Aylor said.
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- Adaptive driving beam, another technology, is widely used in Europe but is not yet legal in North America.
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+ Adaptive driving beam, another technology, is widely used in Europe but is not yet legal in the United States.
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  Mr. Kossoff of The Retrofit Source described it as “very James Bond-like” and “very cool.” It relies on sensors that can detect oncoming traffic and adjust the projected beam pattern to allow plenty of light for the driver without blinding other motorists.
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  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it was working to finalize rules allowing the use of adaptive driving beam technology in the United States, though it was unclear how long that might take.

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  • Blinded by Brighter Headlights? It’s Not Your Imagination.
  • Brighter Headlights Prompt Complaints About Glare

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  • Automobiles
  • Automobile Safety Features and Defects
  • Eyes and Eyesight
  • Glare
  • Headlights
  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
  • Light-Emitting Diodes
  • Lighting
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration