Headlight apparatus for automotive vehicle

  • US 4,967,319 A
  • Filed: 05/02/1989
  • Issued: 10/30/1990
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/02/1988
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A headlight apparatus for an automotive vehicle, comprising:

  • (a) headlamp means for emitting light in such a way that an optical axis of the light can be adjusted;

    (b) first sensor means, attached to said headlamp means, for detecting a presence of a leading vehicle and generating sensor signals corresponding thereto;

    (c) adjusting means, associated with said headlamp means, for adjusting the optical axis of said headlamp means;

    (d) control means, coupled to said first sensor means and said adjustment means, for actuating said adjusting means in such a way that a position of the axis of said headlamp means can be adjusted to illuminate a predetermined area determined according to a distance to the leading vehicle in response to a signal detected by said first sensor means; and

    (e) first fixed shading means, fixedly disposed independently from optical axis motion of said headlamp means, for shading part of light emitted by said headlamp means for an opposed vehicle.

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