Understanding The Adaptive Lighting System

A key part of being able to diagnose a problem with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is understanding how the system works. Knowing what is happening inside the system will help you properly diagnose why the system may be failing. This will prevent replacing parts that are not causing the system issue. Let’s take a look at the inner workings of the adaptive lighting system.

An adaptive lighting system can have one or more functions depending on the vehicle features. The headlamps can turn to better illuminate around corners based on steering angle. The headlamps may be self-leveling. They may also automatically toggle between high and low beam based on the detection of other vehicles ahead. The system often utilizes an in-vehicle camera. This camera is typically located near the rearview mirror. The camera is used to detect oncoming traffic and vehicles in front of the driver, and adjusts the headlamps accordingly.

The adaptive lighting system is a safety system designed to help you see more clearly at night without affecting other drivers. The system may also help the driver to see more of the corner when turning. This results in the driver being able to more easily see pedestrians, animals, or stopped vehicles along their path of travel.

Understanding how the system functions can shorten diagnostic times. Knowing what part of the system to test will help prevent installing parts that don’t actually fix the problem.

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