Volvo Cars Makes Driving at Night Safer and More Comfortable with Innovative, Permanent High Beam

Volvo Cars Makes Driving at Night Safer and More Comfortable with Innovative,
                             Permanent High Beam

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, March 4, 2013

LONDON, March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

The new Volvo S60, V60 and XC60 - shown to the public for the first time at
the Geneva Motor Show - can be fitted with an innovation that makes driving in
the dark safer and more comfortable. The renewed Active High Beam Control
makes it possible to use high beam continuously thanks to an ingenious
mechanism that prevents dazzling of oncoming drivers.

Driving at night presents car drivers all over the world with challenging
conditions. "Our aim with the renewed Active High Beam Control technology is
to enhance visibility in the dark by making it possible to use high beam
permanently, without having to switch to low beam when meeting or catching up
with other cars," says Prof. Lotta Jakobsson, Senior Technical Specialist
Safety at Volvo Cars Safety Centre.

Easier to spot unprotected road users

The main advantage of Active High Beam Control is that the traffic environment
outside the shaded area is still illuminated by the high beam. This improves
the driver's chances of detecting objects at the side of the road, such as
parked cars, unprotected road users and animals.

"The technology makes driving at night more comfortable and safe. It also
makes it easier to focus on the driving and is an excellent example of our
Designed Around You approach, always focusing on features that really make a
difference to the customer," says Lotta Jakobsson.

Ingenious shading mechanism

When an oncoming car approaches or when catching up with another car from
behind, the system helps to prevent dazzling of the other driver by shading
out only as much of the beam as necessary.

Active High Beam Control uses the camera already used for the detection and
auto brake systems located by the rear-view mirror at the top of the
windscreen to identify the other vehicle and the area that needs to be shaded.
The technology is accurate enough to frame the chosen object with only a 1.5°
margin.

The control unit relays the information to an ingenious projector module
mechanism integrated into the headlamp. A tiny cylinder with metal pieces of
different sizes allows the possibility of shading just as much of the beam as
necessary.

The Active High beam Control, which also works for motorcycles ahead, features
Xenon lamps. The technology is active at speeds down to 9mph. It will be
available in the Volvo S60, V60 and XC60 from spring 2013.

Contact: Martin Bayntun, Media Relations Manager, Volvo Car UK Ltd, Phone:
+44(0)1628-422268, Mobile: +44(0)7801-808577, martin.bayntun@volvocars.com
 
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