It's just one more building block in the road to fully automated vehicles. They don't work perfectly now according to everyone's personal preference. But then again, neither do human drivers.
I just don't use the auto-high-beams as I don't like they work/perform.
For the Subaru, you have to have the lights in Auto and PUSHED the turn-signal stalk/high-beams then becomes automatic (I don't use).
If you have the light in ON you have manual control over the high-beams. (this is how i use, i prefer the control over the when/how/why.)
On the Ford, you disable in the in the on-board menu and I have this disabled.
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Both my 2011 X5 and Model 3 have auto high beams. I don't use them, because I'm a control freak.
HOWEVER, the X5 system works stunningly well -- I don't know how it differentiates taillights from (say) traffic lights, but it's amazing, and responsive. I know this, because the system is infuriatingly difficult to use. When you flip the high beam switch forward, half the time it goes on high beams, the other half it goes on AUTO high beams. That is to say, it seems like *every OTHER* actuation of the high beams turns auto vs standard high beams. Who on planet earth would want this to be the behavior?
I turned off auto high beams in idrive. but it seems to me like it's the worst of both worlds to have the high beam switch toggle one mode half the time and the other mode the other half. I feel like I MUST be misunderstanding how it works but i drove with it like this for months and could never figure out why it alternated modes.
i recently rented a car, and got stuck with a 2019 Altima...it had these auto headlights and they were terrible. the car also had: lane departure warning, attentiveness warning, blind spot monitoring, parking sensors, cross traffic alert, auto emergency braking, front collision warning, and about 10 other automated systems.
the damn thing was terrible. they spent about 26k on the tech and 3k on the actual car. 29k and it didn't have auto dimming mirrors or a lumbar support adjust for the driver. all it did was beep and scream at you while doing very little to actual make the holistic driving experience any better.
For those wondering I would estimate I was 250-300 feet in front of her. It didn't coincide with oncoming traffic because there really wasn't any.
And damn...guess I gotta look at our CX-5's now. The two we have are my wife's and daughter's and both are touring models. I have driven both only on occasion but never noticed the high beams coming on automatically at any time so I will have to read up on that. Thanks for all of the insights.
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Push it forward, high beams go into auto mode. pull it back to 'normal', no high beams. Push it forward again, high beams go into "normal/always on" high beam mode. pull it back to normal, no high beams. Push it foward, auto mode again. Wash, rinse, repeat.
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My wife's 2017 Alltrack has automatic headlights, the dial stays in the auto position and the car determines when to switch between DRLs and dipped beams, and it also has automatic high beams. To enable the automatic high beams you have to push the headlight stalk forward at least once per key cycle. My parents have something similar on their 2017 Mazda7.
I hate them and usually turn the headlight dial to manual and just turn on the high beams the old fashioned way because of problems like what was described in the OP. Sometimes I end up accidentally flashing cars trying when I get impatient and try to turn off the high beams before the system does and I miss the timing and end up flashing drivers. I've also had it turn on the high beams when following other cars at long distances, maybe a half mile or more, only to turn them back off and then repeat. I suspect that the extra light of the high beams allows the camera to detect the target car and then disabling high beams again.
My C43 has the adaptive headlights and I love them. I have to be in auto and the stalk forward for them to activate. They are even smart enough to recognize the taillights of cars far ahead. They also turn-off when the traffic-light ahead is red (most likely mistaking it for taillights). Additionally, they switch from low to high visa versa progressively, almost as if they have eyelids (or pop-up headlights) that open and closes slowly.
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On our RAV4 if you have the headlight switch in auto, which we almost always do, and you activate the highbeams then it will be automatic on and off highbeams as well.
I dislike its reaction times. It goes low later than I’d like almost every time.
I’ll generally just move the headlight switch from auto to on and do the highs myself manually.
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In semi-urban areas with, for example, certain freeway interchanges on the fringes of small cities, the lighting seems easily confused by small random light sources, reflective road signs, other traffic on overpasses, etc, flashing on and off seemingly at random. I'm sure there's some reason in the sensor programming, but we find it quite frustrating. We typically have it switched off.
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