Seen as one of the most advanced cars in the compact segment, the new generation Astra is presented as a volume car with premium equipment and technology. One of the most important features offered for the first time on such a vehicle is the Adaptive LED Matrix Light.

Consisting of 16 LED segments, eight on each side of the vehicle, the new matrix system switches the high beam on as soon as the vehicle exits an urban area and then automatically and constantly adapts both the length and shape of the light cone for every traffic situation.

Using input from the front-mounted camera to detect the light source from a vehicle approaching or immediately ahead, IntelliLux automatically deactivates individual LEDs in the relevant zone which could blind other drivers.

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At speeds of 50 mph, drivers with the full LED matrix systems see objects located at the side of the road 30–40 meters earlier than drivers in vehicles equipped with conventional halogen of xenon lights. That gives the driver an additional 1.5 seconds to react to carriage way hazards.

When the camera detects light sources from oncoming or preceding traffic, individual LEDs in the relevant zone are deactivated, simply ‘cutting out’ the area around the vehicles. The rest of the road and its surroundings remain brightly illuminated.