Cadillac forced to turn off adaptive headlights on XT6May 2, 2020
The flagship crossover Cadillac XT6 is equipped with adaptive headlights, but on cars for the US market they will have to be disabled due to local regulations.
Over the years, U.S. law has plagued the automakers with many problems, and no changes are expected in the near future. For example, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) still prohibits the sale of cars with smart lighting, so Cadillac is forced to turn off adaptive headlights on the XT6 in the specification for the US market. Cadillac’s proprietary adaptive high beam technology, called IntelliBeam, does not meet US lighting requirements.
The LED elements in the crossover headlights can turn after the steering wheel and automatically adjust the range of the light beam, however, for the local market, Cadillac deactivates these functions programmatically. Crossover owners will be able to contact the dealer and reflash the light control unit, returning the headlights to the locked functions. The NHTSA announced back in October 2018 that it would consider amending legislation regarding lighting devices, then, in mid-2019, the department announced that it was working on new rules for lighting technology.
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