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Old 10-27-2005, 03:46 PM   #1
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turning headlights....

its actually very basic technology, and yet, im so damn amused by it. yea, im talking about the new headlights that steer that are being used in the new VW Passat.


anybody got any articles with diagrams on how it actually works?


it would be a nice idea to try and custom make something like this for an older car... just to say, "hey.... i have an 80's car with 2005 technology...."


not to mention, i find it very safe. im impressed that companies didnt integrate such technology before.
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Old 10-27-2005, 03:52 PM   #2
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not to mention, i find it very safe. im impressed that companies didnt integrate such technology before.
They did. They first appeared in 1948 on the Tucker.



The center light turned with the car.
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Old 10-27-2005, 04:11 PM   #3
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hm, should have looked for that.....

anyways, any ideas on diagrams?
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I can't find anything on how they work exactly, but I believe it is no more complicated than the lights simply turn with the steering wheel.
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Old 10-27-2005, 04:46 PM   #5
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There was a thread recently on this very subject. You may want to search for it because it did have some links.
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Old 10-27-2005, 05:12 PM   #6
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which section?
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Old 10-27-2005, 05:17 PM   #7
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which section?
Went searching and found it, actually theman had posted the link himself a good while ago...

Here it is.
http://media.vw.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=9589
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Old 10-27-2005, 05:50 PM   #8
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which section?
Here is a link to the discussion.

Turnig headlight discussion
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hm, now to find a way to do it in a simple manner..... just turning the headlights without the extra computarized stuff...
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Old 10-27-2005, 07:17 PM   #10
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hm, now to find a way to do it in a simple manner..... just turning the headlights without the extra computarized stuff...
Drill a hole and put a lever to turn a headlight that you attach to the end of the lever outside
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Old 10-27-2005, 07:23 PM   #11
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too primal...... ill think about this after class. got statistics in 7 minutes.
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Old 07-28-2008, 03:55 AM   #12
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Citroen did turning headlights best

When they introduced the most sophisticated system ever back in 1967 which, in addition to the inner lights that turned in a wide arc as the steering wheel was turned, included outer headlights that self-adjusted for height along with a central hydropneumatic suspension system that did the same thing simultaneously. It was a suitable addition to the rest of that most advanced vehicle first introduced in 1955 that also produced a ride quality unmatched to this day.
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Thread's dead but it's an interesting idea. I heard the new Skyline couldn't have that because the motors for the headlights can't turn fast enough lol.

It wouldn't work as good as modern cars, but depending on how much room is in the car, couldn't you just put the headlights on a swivel, and then attach them to some part of the steering assembly?

Also, when I was looking for some info on the headlights, I found that new cars in Europe (and the ones equipped with xenon lights in the U.S.) must be auto-leveling, that is, if you go over a bump (like a railroad track) and your car points up, the headlights must continue to point at the road so they don't blind other drivers. Seems like a pretty pointless idea to me. Is anyone bothered by the headlights?
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Also, when I was looking for some info on the headlights, I found that new cars in Europe (and the ones equipped with xenon lights in the U.S.) must be auto-leveling, that is, if you go over a bump (like a railroad track) and your car points up, the headlights must continue to point at the road so they don't blind other drivers. Seems like a pretty pointless idea to me. Is anyone bothered by the headlights?
Not enough to think that that change is warranted, but yeah, i do find that annoying. Esp these days, where most cars' headlights are whiter and brighter, and tend to dazzle you in the rearview mirror more easily.
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Not enough to think that that change is warranted, but yeah, i do find that annoying. Esp these days, where most cars' headlights are whiter and brighter, and tend to dazzle you in the rearview mirror more easily.
That's what that little switch is for at the bottom, flick it at night:

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