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BMW Adaptive headlights will be available in the US

Headlight technology has advanced significantly over the past two decades. In the early 2000s, xenon headlights were the ultimate. But today everyone is using LEDs, and some are going even further with laser lights. Even though the first generation of these new laser headlights was rather basic, they have evolved considerably in recent years. 

While the first generation of laser headlights could only switch between high and low beams, the latest models can also adapt to traffic conditions. They form a cone around the cars in front of you, either on your side or on the side of oncoming traffic, and simply illuminate the road. It’s quite amazing to see this in action. Until now, US customers have been denied such options. But that’s not BMW’s fault.

It’s the law, believe it or not. Due to antiquated legislation, adaptive headlights were banned in the US until last year. That’s about to change thanks to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (HR 3684), also known as the Infrastructure Bill. 

The provision of the bill “HEADLAMPS” states that “Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall issue a final rule revising Standard 108”, which deals with the design of headlights. The Bill states that this provision of the Act will be revised “to allow for the use of adaptive high beam headlamp systems in vehicles”. If the bill is passed, the Secretary of Transportation will have two years to allow adaptive headlights in the US. But that also means it could happen sooner.

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