Audi will not be able to offer matrix-beam headlights in the United States because of a 45-year-old regulation banning road use.

Audi will not be able to offer matrix-beam headlights in the United States because of a 45-year-old regulation banning road use.

These headlights can see around corners, illuminating more space without the risk of blinding oncoming cars and will be available in Europe pretty soon. Audi USA won't sell these headlights due to a regulation from 1968, but along with other carmakers and lighting companies they are attempting to modify the rule which requires headlights to switch between low and high beam settings. This represents a distinction which Audi's self-adjusting lights eliminate.

The headlights (seen on the Crosslane Coupe Concept and other models) feature multiple LEDs which basically provide the vehicle with active high beams. Sensors and cameras direct these LEDs to dim or turn off based on what's in front of the car which creates a changing series of shadows and lights with the purpose of improving visibility.

This headlight rule is one of the oldest auto safety-related rules in the United States and has been updated over the years. NHTSA is not certain LED lighting can improve safety, adding rear-end impacts has increased in many of the models equipped with LED brake lights.

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