Adaptive Headlights Work Better Than You Think - 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test
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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: Adaptive Headlights Work Better Than You Think

January 21, 2014

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Adaptive headlights, or headlights that move in the direction that you're steering, are often underappreciated. It's easy not to notice them once you've driven a car that has them for a while, you just think it has really great headlights and forget about the fact that they follow your every move.

Driving our 2013 Porsche 911 in the fog the other night reminded me how well they work. Not only because of how well they light the road, or the fog in this case, but how well they synch with your steering motions.

They're not so directly linked that every little movement in the wheel causes them to flutter one way or the other. There's a well-timed delay that smoothes the whole process out. It's probably one reason you forget about them, at least until you drive a car without them and wonder why corners suddenly seem so dark.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor


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