2014 Volvo models will get the active high beams

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 1, 2013

Volvo’s newly-updated models will be getting active high beams as well as the usual automatic high beam headlights. This system shifts light away from other cars while ensuring full-beam coverage everywhere else. Mercedes-Benz and Audi have installed similar systems on their cars. Earlier this month, it was reported that Volvo is upgrading the S60, V60, and XC60 models with new front fascias.

However, these new clips offer new adaptive headlights, which have been dubbed as Active High Beam Control. The Active High Beam Control system begins with the usual Xenon headlights (which similar to before, could shift left or right depending on steering angle). The projector unit consists of a small cylinder with smaller metal pieces inside.

The system could push the metal pieces into the beam as the light passes through the cylinder. This will then obstruct certain parts of the projected light. The system decides to block a portion of the beam based on input from a camera positioned in front of the rear-view mirror. This is the same system linked to Volvo’s City Safety automatic braking system.

If the system spots a car up ahead, either a slow car in the same lane or one that approaches in the other direction, a signal is sent to the projector to shove a metal piece into the beam. This shades out the car. As a result, there’s high-beam coverage around the car, even at the road’s edge. However, other drivers are not blinded by this light.

Volvo claims that this system is active at speeds higher than 9 mph and works with motorcycles. In addition, it claims that the camera system has enough power to frame other cars with accuracy to within 1.5 inches. This system will be offered as an option on 2014-model-year cars that will be launched later in the spring in Europe. These include the S60 sedan, V60 wagon, and XC60 crossover.

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