Headlamp control to prevent glare

  • US 6,861,809 B2
  • Filed: 09/05/2002
  • Issued: 03/01/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/18/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A system for controlling at least one exterior vehicle light of a controlled vehicle, the system comprising:

  • an array of sensors capable of detecting light levels in front of the controlled vehicle; and

    a control unit in communication with the array of sensors and the at least one exterior vehicle light, the control unit determining an estimated distance and an angle from the at least one exterior vehicle light of the controlled vehicle to a leading vehicle, wherein the control unit is operable to control operation of the at least one exterior vehicle light as a function of the estimated distance and angle based on output from the array of sensors and prevent the at least one exterior vehicle light from providing a disruptive glare to a driver of the leading vehicle.

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