Dynamic / adaptive headlights: do they help me see where I am going and not what I'm missing?
December 23, 2012 9:52 AM Subscribe
Car-filter: how useful are dynamic / adaptive headlights (the ones that swivel when you turn)? Why do they appear to be going out of fashion?
posted by meowzilla to travel & transportation (5 answers total)
A few years ago, I saw an car ad (I think it was from Acura) touting their "active" crash technologies, ie: the ones that help you prevent a crash. One of the features was adaptive front headlights that swivel when you turn so you can see where you are going instead of turning into the darkness. I've driven my share of unknown, dark winding roads and thought, "That sounds great, looking forward to it trickling down to mainstream cars like other safety systems."
Fast forward to the present: there isn't a single car in Acura's lineup that has this feature, even in their loaded-to-the-max models. Nor Acura's luxury Japanese competitors, much less their mainstream counterparts. Yet Mercedes and BMW have them as an optional feature all the way down to their mainstays.
So are dynamic / adaptive headlights a great, useful feature that some car manufacturers don't seem to get?