• Sep 2, 2010
A French company may have come with the next big thing in vehicle lighting. Valeo SA has developed a system called Beamatic Premium that allows drivers to keep their high-beams on at all times while still protecting other drivers from being blinded while driving. The tech uses onboard cameras to track the location of vehicles on the road and automated dousers to shield other drivers from glare. Think of it as the ultimate evolution of adaptive headlamps.

The tech was good enough to win top honors at Equip Auto – an international automotive trade show – in 2009. Now Japan's Ichikoh Industries is looking to manufacture and sell the system to the world's vehicle manufacturers. The company plans to sell two versions, one with HID lamps and another with full LED lighting.

With most luxury vehicles these days packing more cameras than a paparazzi party, it probably wouldn't take too much to integrate the Valeo SA system into existing platforms. The question is, how much is Ichikoh going to charge for all of the extra complicated software and hardware? Thanks for the tip, Kevin.

[Source: Tech On]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Is the old system really that bad?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. Keep it simple. How much is it going to cost me to fix it when the damn things break and point in the wrong direction.
      • 4 Years Ago
      are people getting that lazy that they can't flip they're high beams off for 4 seconds while a car passes?
      • 4 Years Ago
      People who live at the end of T intersections will not be happy about this. Of course they already were getting nailed with the bad Feng Shui but this just going to add insult to injury.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will it also block moving deer and people on bicycles?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think I read in the post on this at Engadget that it only detects other vehicles because of the lighting on the vehicles, so in theory no, it wouldn't block deer and you'd still blind pedestrians. I have no idea how it would react to a motorcycle or bicycle (with or without a light).
      • 4 Years Ago
      So a car is approaching, your car blocks your lights from shining in that car's vicinity, and a pedestrian steps off the curb behind them...in that big black square. Yeah, that's some great thinking.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Really great concept, but I wonder how well this works with really fast changing conditions and other things like lamp posts and whatnot. And what about cars in the same direction of travel? The constantly changing light patterns could be a distraction in itself.

        • 4 Years Ago
        It works the same way when following a car from behind or approching a car from the front, the touareg has this system.

        here's an animation of it

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZNRi0BgwC4
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. Not to mention those idiots that high beam on a divided highway. It still blinds on-coming traffic even if there's a grass median between the two.

        This article has just reminded me of all those high beam driving idiots out there and made me angry. Cool idea though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So true. This will work in like 1% of the driving situations people will encounter. What about the worst case where someone is behind you with them on and is blinding you through your rearview? Is it going to read the car in front of you and then blackout all front facing light? What a silly idea. I hardly ever use my highs and never have a problem seeing. I just wish states would all universally adopt a roadway reflector system instead of some just painting lines that disappear in bad lighting or inclement weather.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wonder how it acts in snow, and heavy rain, and fog.
      • 4 Years Ago

      Make it an option - that way I don't have to pay for another piece of over-engineered-safety-police-idea-nonsense that will cost a small loan to replace.

      Where's Homer Simpson when you need him! mmmmmmmmmm, lights, cameras, action!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Off topic, I've always wanted to carry my dive light in my car and point it at anyone who abuse their high beams. Underwater Kinetics carry some really great kick ass lights.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Since high-beaming morons were discussed...

      Would the device stop idiots using their bloody front fog lamps when they're absolutely not needed?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why on earth would that bother you?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because the rules for beam definition of 'fog lights' are practically non-existent.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Leave it to the French to create something that dodges the oncoming enemy. Haha

      I say the system we have works just fine. Besides, do we really want the sheeple to think it's ok to leave their high beams on all the damn time.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Something new for the 19 y/o forum dorks who post asking about the brightest HIDs they can put on their wrx.
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