Volvo has provided some details on its innovative Active High Beam Control tech, which will be available on the Geneva-bound updated S60, V60 and XC60 models in the spring. Essentially, the system allows the driver to continuously use high beam at night, without dazzling oncoming drivers.
How does it work? Well, a camera mounted on the rear-view mirror sees approaching cars (motorcycles too) and tells the headlamps to shade out appropriate areas of the high beam. Volvo says the technology can frame the chosen object with only a 1.5° margin of error. Watch the video below to see Active High Beam Control in operation.
The headlamp shading mechanism involves a tiny cylinder with metal pieces of different sizes that can be used to shade out as much of the beam as necessary. The system is active at a minimum speed of 14 km/h.
The environment outside the shaded area is still illuminated by the high beam, which helps the driver detect objects at the side of the road, such as parked cars, unprotected road users and animals.