Safety is a big selling point for cars. Besides making a solid frame to absorb impact or installing bigger brakes, automakers have been improving car head adaptive lighting to help you see better at night.
Along with brighter bulbs, the head lighting on certain cars can swivel left and right as you go around corners. This will help illuminate the road ahead even as your car turns, so you can still see ahead.
These systems exactly new and original as been around for 40+ years in various forms. However, since computers and electronics are much cheaper and more reliable these days, most new cars have some form of lighting. In most cases, the computer will be able to sense when getting dark outside and will turn the head adaptive lighting on automatically. Head adaptive lighting that can change direction is mostly found on high-end vehicles.
What the adaptive warning lighting means
Depending on the type of adaptive lighting in your car, this warning lighting could mean a few things. Refer to your manual for specific information on your lighting systems.
Head lighting that turns on automatically or those that can adjust brightness use adaptive lighting sensors typically mounted in the windshield. Dirt and debris can prevent these sensors from detecting adaptive lighting properly, so clean the windshield if the system doesn’t seem to be working properly.
The direction changing head lighting use yaw and pitch sensors to determine the position of the vehicle and then adjusts the head adaptive lighting using motors. A malfunctioning sensor or any issues with the functioning of the motor can cause this warning indicator to turn on.
With either an lighting system, the adaptive lighting will cause a code to be saved in the memory to help you diagnose the issue. Have the car scanned by a qualified technician and have any necessary repairs performed at the earliest.
Is it safe to drive with the adaptive warning adaptive lighting on?
While adaptive lighting is useful and convenient, it is not essential for you to drive safely at night.
You should always be able to manually turn your head lighting on using the dial. As long as the head adaptive lighting is working, you can continue to use the car normally.
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