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New car lights to help drivers see round corners

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January 20 2003


Car headlights that help motorists see round corners are expected to be introduced from next year.

The lamps swivel automatically in response to electronic signals from steering and speed sensors. Mercedes-Benz and Vauxhall will be the first makers to announce they are adopting the system when European safety regulations change in March.

The first cars with swivelling lights should be available next year, it was reported in The Engineer magazine.

Within three years, vehicle lights may also be able to adapt to town or motorway driving, bad weather conditions, or travelling from the UK to the continent.

The idea of lights that shine in the direction a car is turning has been around for as long as motor vehicles have had lights.

It was last tried by Citroen, which fitted auxiliary swivelling lights to its DS model in the mid-1960s.

However, controlling the swivel movement by means of a mechanical link to the steering proved unsatisfactory.

The new systems which make use of sophisticated electronics are much more efficient.

One, the Advanced Front Lighting System (AFS) from global automotive suppliers Visteon, allows the beam to rotate horizontally by up to four degrees inward and 13 degrees outward, as well vertically.

Dr Rainer Neumann, Visteon's head of lighting development for Europe, said: ``The lights are capable of turning asymmetrically, so that on a right hand bend the right hand light begins to swivel before the left one.''

Tests of the system showed that on average 30 per cent more unlit obstacles were recognised with AFS lamps and the speed of driver's reactions improved by 14 per cent.

Mercedes claims a similar system it is developing improves the illuminated distance on entering a 190 metre radius curve from 30 metres to 55 metres.

Further ahead, sophisticated car radar system designed to predict crashes and help motorists change lanes could be fitted to top-of-the-range cars within five years, The Engineer said.

The technology has been developed for Ford by UK company Cambridge Consultants and is expected to be operating on production vehicles by 2006.

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This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/01/20/1042911307145.html
 

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but did not Tucker have on on the cars he made (albiet only 50 )
 

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johnej said:
but did not Tucker have on on the cars he made (albiet only 50 )
love that movie :nod:
 

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my brother goes to queens university in canada doing mechanical engineering. for an assignment, him and his friends produced the plans to make rotating headlights. obviously they arnt the same ones being used right now. but the plans do become available for sale i beleive. depends on the schools policies.
thoguht id share
 

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Honda is starting to do that, The JDM Accords has HIDS which is a moving directional beam as well. It'll take awhile before worldwide models see this feature implemented.
 
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