Test consultancy Dynamic Research Inc (DRI) has developed new testing capabilities for adaptive driving beams (ADB), as the latest legislation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) allows the technology to be used in the US market for the first time.

The implementation of ADB headlights is a response to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) that revealed a 56% increase in pedestrian deaths after dark between 2009 and 2016. ADB technology allows high beams to be continuously used, with the direction and intensity automatically adjusting to prevent glare from dazzling surrounding traffic, improve visibility for drivers and illuminate VRUs like pedestrians.

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