This is a pretty cool feature I was reading a little more about today. It’s called dynamic cornering lights and comes standard on the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo. The basics are when you come wheelin around a corner, the electronics account for a number of factors like speed and how hard you’re cornering, and turn the headlights into the corner to help you better see what’s coming up on the road.
Here’s a little bit from Porsche’s site:
As you turn into a bend, the dynamic cornering lights automatically adjust to provide better illumination of the road. The system uses a series of sensors to monitor the speed, yaw velocity (speed of rotation around the vertical axis) and steering lock to calculate the characteristics of each corner. Based on this data, the system then calculates the optimal angle of illumination, up to a maximum swivel angle of 15 degrees on the Bi-Xenon headlight units. As a result, the corner is easier to see, and potential obstacles are easier to identify.
If that isn’t cool enough, Porsche has also included something called static cornering lights. Check it out:
The static cornering lights are extremely useful when turning at an intersection, even at lower speeds. Depending on the amount of steering lock applied, they can, for example, provide helpful illumination of an unlit side street.
Both, as I mentioned, are standard on the new Cayenne Turbos, and available as options on the standard Cayenne and the S models.
This is one of those areas that you don’t always expect technology to make that big of an impact and surprises you when it does. Sure there are better lights and whatnot, but this has the potential for being a game changing enhancement that will improve safety on the roads. Porsche has even integrated dynamic leveling and a cleaning system into the whole setup.
Porsche is once again proving it’s forward thinking and attention to improving not only safety but the driving experience. Won’t be long and we’ll be adding features like this to our next mini-van.