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Adaptive Headlights

Discussion in 'General Cars' started by Munroist, 17 Sep 2020.

  1. Munroist

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    How are you supposed to drive with these?
    Do you just put main beam on and trust it not to blind oncoming drivers
    Or do you dip as normal and if so what is the point of the adaptive bit ?

    We don't have a bmw but these are the same headlights


    Could not bring myself not to dip last night
     
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    'Er indoors Honda has these, and dramatically effective they are too - they haven't yet been caught out as far as I know.
    However, once you operate the things manually, they stay that way until the next start up.
    Personally, I find myself quite able to operate the dip switch :rolleyes:
    John :)
     
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    My Civic auto lights and auto dip work good, as does the 'auto dip' mirror.
    Constantly ready to intervene, but that's the way we are I guess - So might as well be manual !
    Difficult to purchase modern motor with a full choice on electronic aids cum annoyances !
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    Or you could just wait and see if the approaching car flashes you. Then dip!
     
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    I have something similar on my current company Peugeot. Not as fancy as the BMW system in the video, but they do a pretty good job of detecting oncoming cars and cars that I'm following. Sometimes, if I was driving, I would have dipped earlier, because I can see the glow of oncoming lights round a bend. The car needs to "see" the oncoming lights before it dips. Also, if there's a vehicle waiting to pull out of a side road that joins at something more oblique than a right angle, so that the cars lights are not visible to it, my system won't dip the lights for that driver - even though he may be looking towards me to see if it's OK to pull out. I have to do it manually in that situation. The only other criticism I have, is that it occasionally dips when it "sees" a highly reflective road sign.
     
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    My Kia Niro has auto-dipping headlights. I disabled that function!
     
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    how are you getting on with the Niro? We very nearly bought one but went for another oil burner instead, occasional very long journeys at short notive was the reason why.

    What sort of range do you get?
     
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    Depends on the car.

    Adaptive sometimes just means they turn left and right to help illuminate around a bend
     
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    I have the self-charging hybrid. I really like the car, the seating position is (for me) much better than the Cee'd I had previously. My Niro has a 1580cc petrol engine, coupled to a 6-speed DCT box, with the electric motor attached to the gearbox. Around town I can get up to 60 to the gallon, and my average is just over 50. The fuel tank capacity is 10 gallons (45 litres) so its range is approximately 500 miles.
     
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    My 2010 Peugeot RCZ had headlights that "see" round corners, very good they were too. Not quite as good as the Citroen DS, but good none the less.
    My 2014 Focus has auto dip headlights, while they are very good at what they do - they aren't quite good enough, so I disabled them. Mainly for the reasons set out by Avocet above.
     
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    It was the full electric we thought about, but I reverted to type and bought another oil burner - in its first 400 mile its averaged 65.7mpg with one 30 mile trip returning an impressive 76mpg. may be get an 80 when it gets run in a bit.


    The adaptive headlights are no good, have stopped using them. probably 1 in 5 drivers were flashing me to say I was blinding them.

    The other load of bolluxs is the speed sign recognition thing, its often wrong and makes stuff up like telling me the limit is 70 on a single cariageway when there has been no "70" sign.

    And the autonomous parking is just frightening!
     
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    Now I realise why people don't dip head lights for cyclists!
     
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    To be fair though, bike lights are even worse than car headlights for dazzling these days!
     
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    And some off them are strobe lights too. Madness.
     
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    The problem with bike lights is the lumen per mm. I usually run a pair of 1K lumen lights on my bars, but run them down to 250 or 500 if unlit. You just point them down and nobody gets blinded. On a light density issue comparison they are much brighter than car headlights and thats why people get annoyed. Two lights on the bars makes a big difference as you get less shadowing.
     
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