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SmartBeam headlights

Can someone please explain to me how the Smartbeam headlights work? The owner's manual is only slightly undescriptive on this. I see in the dash options for Low/High beam and Low beam. Which option does what??

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From what I understand the Smartbeam technology uses the forward facing camera behind the rear view mirror. When the road ahead is dark and there are no oncoming cars then the lights automatically switch to the high beams. When the camera sees an oncoming vehicle then the lights will automatically gradually switch back to the low beams. This ideal if you frequently drive on desolate dark roads.

Because the Smartbeam uses the forward facing camera you have to make sure the line of sight is unobustructed (e.g. iPass). At least this is what I understand from my 2008 XK.

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Ah, I see. Then this could definitely be a useful thing for me. I live in a very rural area. It gets extremely dark where I live. Does it only work when you're above a certain speed?

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No they work at what ever speed as I remember, I turned mine off in 06 and have not used them since. I don't use high beams all that often, I find the fog lights work better in my environment.
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Will this still work if I install HIDs in the dims? I don't see why it shouldn't.

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Will this still work if I install HIDs in the dims? I don't see why it shouldn't.
Yes, I have hid lows and it still works.

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Here is a complete explanation of how the Smartbeam works---> http://www.wkjeeps.com/wk_smartbeam.htm

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Here is a complete explanation of how the Smartbeam works---> http://www.wkjeeps.com/wk_smartbeam.htm

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Great link. I'm going to try the demonstration mode. That's a nice Easter Egg.

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I used these on highway 550 in colorado a couple weeks ago and they really are awesome. They work great and turn off immediately if a car is coming. It also has pretty good logic for reflective signs.

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I tested this out tonight for the first time and it works great! Took a dark desolate road through an area heavily populated with forest preserves and loved how the lights slowly dimmed back to the normal beams when an oncoming car was present. Very neat technology and good logic for reflective signs indeed as IndyMTB mentioned.

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