Headlamp system with selectable beam pattern

  • US 6,497,503 B1
  • Filed: 06/21/2001
  • Issued: 12/24/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/21/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A headlamp system comprising:

  • a light source;

    at least one headlamp coupled to said light source;

    a digital micromirror device positioned to reflect light in a predefined beam pattern from said at least one headlamp;

    a lens system for projecting said predefined beam pattern produced by said digital micromirror device;

    a microcontroller in communication with said digital micromirror device;

    a plurality of beam patterns stored on said microcontroller, said microcontroller having means for determining a desired beam pattern to be communicated to said digital micromirror device; and

    an infrared coating on a portion of said light source and wherein said means for determining a desired beam pattern further comprises a driver input request for night vision whereby said digital micromirror device reflects light from said light source emitted by said infrared portion of said light source.

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