Automatic Headlight Technology


R. Scott King, BSME, Automotive/Mechanical Engineer ::::
Automatic headlight technology is by no means “new technology”; however, this technology was a primary factor in a recent jury verdict.
The case resulted from a two-vehicle intersectional collision. The collision occurred when a left-turning vehicle crossed into the path of a vehicle approaching from the opposite direction. Injuries and vehicle damage required police assistance which, in turn, resulted in witness interviews. Statements by the vehicle operators conflicted as they related to the headlight status of the on-coming vehicle. Specifically, the operator of the left-turning vehicle reported not seeing the on-coming vehicle because its headlights were not active. The operator of the on-coming vehicle stated, and later testified, that it was his practice to leave the headlight switch in the “Auto” position, and therefore his headlights were illuminated.
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Industry Update: Most small SUV headlights rate poor in IIHS evaluations

SUV Headlights

ARLINGTON, Va. — Not a single small SUV out of 21 tested earns a good rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s headlight evaluations, and only four are available with acceptable-rated headlights.
Among the 21 vehicles, there are 47 different headlight combinations available. More than two-thirds of them are rated poor, making this group of vehicles even more deficient when it comes to lighting than the midsize cars that were the first to be rated earlier this year. Continue reading “Industry Update: Most small SUV headlights rate poor in IIHS evaluations”