Singh, P., Taneja, N., Sharma, A., and Gaurav, A., "Development of an Adaptive Steering Controlled Headlight for Low Cost Vehicles," SAE Technical Paper 2016-28-0174, 2016, doi:10.4271/2016-28-0174.
In today’s fast moving vehicle scenario, road safety is of utmost importance. Many people have lost their lives while travelling, due to a road accident. So we should mitigate such accidents if we wish to travel safely. To cater this cause, we propose an adaptive steering controlled headlight setup. The system can be adopted in any type of four wheel vehicles/trucks or trailers etc. without being an economic burden on the end user. The notion of steering controlled headlight is not new, but its adaptability according to the steering turning angle is its novel part. A lot of companies have developed technologies that incorporate turn able headlight to better illuminate the path, but these technologies are quite expensive and continue to be distant from the majority of car owners. So we felt the need of developing a mechanism that incorporates few simple components like gears, linkages etc. and can be readily fitted onto any steering column without much of a design variations. The setup contains a gear mounted on the steering column and it is mesh with the semicircular gear which is mounted on an axis parallel to the steering column. A linkage or wire mechanism is used to transmit the rotating motion to the headlight. The headlight is designed so that it has 1 degree of freedom i.e. it can rotate about its axis. This setup will be of huge aid to the driver, as it will permit him to see the incoming obstructions in hilly areas or in the regions with sharp turns as it provides a better illuminated path by the virtue of adaptable headlights.