Toyota Self-Dimming Headlights Seek Approval

by Nate Wooley | May 13, 2013 12:30 pm

toyota[1]Automaker Toyota (NYSE:TM[2]) is petitioning to get U.S. regulators to approve a new headlight.

The petition — which was filed earlier with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — seeks approval for self-dimming high-beams on cars, Automotive News reports[3].

Toyota — along with other manufacturers — says that the lights will increase nighttime driver safety by removing the need for drivers to flip between high- and low-beam headlights while driving at night. The new design uses a small camera to detect oncoming traffic and lowers a shade that blocks the portion of the high-beams that would shine at the oncoming car.

More than 16,000 cars in Europe and Japan with the new lights are already on the road. Toyota argues that — based on the NHTSA’s own data — up to 9 of the average 2,334 pedestrians who die annually could be saved with the new technology.

Now it’s asking for final approval to roll out the new product here in the U.S. The regulations that forbid such devices were last revised in 1999.

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