Intelligent headlight technology, or Matrix Beam technology, is being spearheaded by several European car manufacturers, such as Audi, BMW, Opel, and Mercedes.
Like most good ideas, the concept is simple, yet effective.
The headlights are comprised of an array of LED diodes that can be dynamically controlled by your vehicle’s computer. A small camera in the headlight housing senses oncoming vehicles and begins adjusting the beam of light to keep from blinding drivers. As the vehicle draws closer, the high beam switches off until it passes by.
With this simple feature, driving at night instantly becomes more convenient and safe.
Sounds great, right? Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Transportation isn’t so sure. As of now, the technology is made illegal in the U.S. by standard 108, which is currently interpreted to restrict dynamic headlight activity.
Check out this video below to see how it works: