Driving at night is hard, especially if your car’s got old-school-style halogen headlights.
Those things barely light up the road ahead, so you’ve got to work pretty hard to see clearly.
But now there’s technology that’s going to change the way we drive forever.
Dynamic Light Assist is an intelligent technology that was introduced by the German automaker Volkswagen – and it’s an absolute godsend.
It’s a very clever bit of kit that greatly improves visibility and safety on the road at night.
The system uses variable road illumination which allows the main beam to be left on continuously.
But what about blinding oncoming traffic?
Dynamic Light Assist uses a masking function which partially dips the main-beam headlights.
It uses camera sensors and electronic control units to automatically adjust the headlights based on driving conditions.
The system can detect oncoming vehicles and vehicles ahead, automatically masking the headlights.
And when approaching turns or intersections, the lights swivel inward up to 15 degrees on both sides to better illuminate the road ahead around corners.
In built-up areas, the vehicle switches automatically from main beam to dipped beam.
This means that you can drive for longer and more often with the main beam on.
With this, streets are illuminated better and obstacles can be detected earlier.
So, which vehicles actually get Dynamic Light Assist?
In short, not all of them – but it’s available on the vast majority of Volkswagens.
The models that feature the nifty technology include the Polo, Taigo, T-Roc, Golf, Touran, Tiguan, Passat, Arteon, Touareg, ID.3, ID.4, and ID.4.
As and when more vehicle models are introduced, they’re likely to feature the technology, too.