Should Your New Car Have Adaptive Headlights?

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Adaptive auto technologies are providing car drivers with a safer and more precise driving experience. With the use of sensors, these intuitive driving features automatically make changes on your behalf. Adaptive headlights are one of the top adaptive driving features in use today. Are they for you?

Adaptive headlights make driving at night or under low-light conditions safer, by adjusting the car's headlights to curves in the road. Rather than pointing directly at the space in front of the vehicle, they adjust to illuminate the area that the car will occupy next.


How do adaptive headlights work?

Adaptive headlights are tuned in with how you’re driving, and move and change accordingly. When you turn the steering wheel even slightly, the lights turn right along with you. If you increase your speed, the lights are raised automatically to provide more visibility. If you slow down, signal or come upon traffic in the opposite lane, the light beams are automatically lowered. The sensors in adaptive headlights assist you in staying more focused on the road as you drive. 

Adaptive headlights also include an auto-off setting to help prevent you from "blinding" fellow drivers or leaving your lights on. When your car is parked or idling with the wheel cranked toward the road, the lights will be turned off to protect other drivers.

In addition, adaptive lights can be combined with similar products such as cornering lights. These lights assist in illuminating the area directly in front of your car and provide additional lighting during high-speed turns.


Are adaptive headlights worth the cost?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that adaptive headlights could help prevent up to 90 percent of nighttime curve crashes. Insurance companies see a 5 to 10 percent reduction in crashes for the automobiles that have them. Since adaptive headlights also reduce glare for oncoming traffic and pedestrians, safety is increased across the board.


Which vehicles offer adaptive headlights?

As of the time of writing, adaptive headlights are offered as a standard or optional feature on these vehicles:


Audi Adaptive Xenon Plus headlights

Audi's adaptive headlights are available on the Prestige versions of most models. 

BMW Adaptive Headlights with glare-free High Beam Assistant

BMW's adaptive headlights are included as a standard or available feature on most models. 

Buick Adaptive Articulating Headlights

Buick’s adaptive headlights are available on the Regal and LaCrosse.

Cadillac Adaptive Forward Lighting

Cadillac's adaptive headlights are available on the LTS, XTS, ATS, CTS, and ELR Hybrid.

Hyundai Adaptive Front Lighting System

Hyundai's adaptive headlights come standard on the 2016 Equus.

Infiniti Intelligent LED Headlights

Infiniti's adaptive headlights will be available on the 2016 Q60 and QX50.

Jeep Adaptive Intelligent Headlamps

Jeep’s adaptive headlights are available on select Grand Cherokee models.

Kia Adaptive Front Lighting System

Kia’s adaptive headlights are available on the Cadenza and K900.

Land Rover Adaptive Headlights

Land Rover’s adaptive headlights are available on the Range Rover, Ranger Rover Sport, and Range Rover Evoque.

Lexus Intelligent High Beam Headlamps

Lexus' adaptive headlights are available on the IS.

Mazda Adaptive Front Lighting

Mazda’s adaptive headlights are offered on select models of the Mazda3 and CX-5.

Mercedes-Benz Active Curve Illumination

Mercedes-Benz' adaptive headlights are available on the B-Class, C-Class, CLA-Class, E-Class, GL-Class, GLA-Class, GLC-Class, GLE-Class, GLK-Class, M-Class, ML-Class, SL-Class, and SLK-Class.

Nissan Adaptive Front Lighting

Nissan’s adaptive headlights will be offered on the 2016 GT-R.

Porsche Dynamic Light System

Porsche's adaptive headlights are available as an option on most models.

Volkswagen Adaptive Front Lighting

Volkswagen's adaptive headlights are offered on the Golf, Golf Sportwagen, GTI, Jetta, Touareg, Tiguan, Eos and CC.

Volvo Active High Beam Control

Volvo's adaptive headlights are available on the XC60 and S60.


Whether or not you want adaptive headlights in your new vehicle, Cartelligent can help you get a great deal on exactly what you want. Call our team of car-buying experts at 888-427-4270 or get started today.