Mazda sheds light on new adaptive headlight system

9th October 2014

Mazda is continuing to push the boundaries of technology, showcasing its next-generation Adaptive LED Headlights system – the company’s latest breakthrough in active safety technology – in Tokyo at CEATEC JAPAN 2014.

Mazda is the first Japanese carmaker to unveil such an autonomous high-beam control system to the public. Soon to join Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSEline-up of advanced safety systems, Adaptive LED Headlights(ALH) features LED array high-beam technology that splits the LEDs into four independently controllable blocks.

Andrew Clearwater, Managing Director of Mazda New Zealand says that the system is quite amazing to witness and adds yet another dimension to the safety of Mazda vehicles.

“The team in Japan are continually working on ground-breaking safety technology and the possibilities seem endless. These adaptive headlights give drivers a new level of safety on our roads at night, and not only those inside our cars but other motorists as well.”

Like High Beam Control (HBC), a related system available with all new-generation Mazda vehicles, ALH uses a camera to detect oncoming and preceding vehicles. But instead of switching off the high beams entirely to avoid impairing other drivers’ vision, ALH shuts off only the LEDs shining in their specific direction. So the high beams remain on at all times, enhancing visibility and with it safety at night.

ALH also comes with wide-distribution low beams, which add LEDs to the sides of the headlamps to shed light where conventional headlights do not. Highway mode, meanwhile, is another ALH feature that automatically adjusts the forward aim of the headlamps upwards when travelling at highway speeds to illuminate road signs and potential obstacles earlier.

Besides ALH, Mazda will display a special Mazda3 equipped with an automated driving system at CEATEC JAPAN 2014. It monitors the status of the vehicle with high-precision GPS, also using motion-control technology to continually observe the condition of the driver. The setup helps drivers avoid mistakes and reduces the risk of accidents.

CEATEC is a leading IT and electronics exhibition running from 7 to 11 October.

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