High beam headlights are crucial when driving at night. Unfortunately, while they improve visibility and safety for the driver, they can also create a safety hazard by blinding or distracting oncoming drivers.

Volvo's new headlight technology, Active High-Beam Control, supplies shade for oncoming cars when high beams are deployed, so that the road remains brightly lit without effecting oncoming traffic. The technology, which is similar to adaptive headlights from Lexxus and Audi, is part of Volvo’s long-term goal to ensure that no one is killed or injured in a new Volvo.

Often the solution to one problem creates unintended consequences. Adaptive headlights solve an unintended consequence of using high beams without compromising the effectiveness of the original technology and without creating a new, add-on solution that uses more resources. How can other companies use this type of thinking to make an existing solution adaptive rather than tacking on a new solution?

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