The U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration issued a new rule permitting the use of adaptive light-emitting diode (LED) headlights on U.S. roads.
The $1-billion infrastructure bill passed in November contained a measure allowing the rule against use of such headlights in the U.S. to be modified.
The housings of adaptive headlights contain computer-controlled LEDs that can be aimed in specific locations; they can illuminate the road ahead of the driver similar to the way high beams can, while also focusing the light away from oncoming traffic.
Luxury automakers like Mercedes-Benz and Audi have been using adaptive headlights in their vehicles for years; while the legal hurdles have been cleared, their U.S. deployment will likely not happen quickly.
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