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Tesla Model 3 to get adaptive cornering headlights at long last

Model 3 Highland is getting adaptive headlights (image: Tesla)
Model 3 Highland is getting adaptive headlights (image: Tesla)
A headlight upgrade that Tesla introduced to the Model 3 way back may finally see its dormant adaptive cornering capabilities unlocked. That's according to some newly unearthed regulatory certification that tips other upcoming headlight features.

The Tesla Model 3 vehicles have been shipping with dormant adaptive cornering headlight capability ever since the automaker introduced an upgraded version in new batches about three years ago. Their housing certification and array Matrix LED arrangement inferred adaptive cornering and beaming abilities which, however, never materialized.

Tesla Model 3 Highland with adaptive headlights certified

Fast forward to the end of 2023, and the new Model 3 refresh may finally be getting the adaptive headlights feature switched on by Tesla. A new certification listing for the Model 3 Highland, however, now explicitly says that "Adaptive Main Beam" is coming for the "M3H," or the way that European regulators denote the Model 3 Highland facelift.

Unfortunately, it seems that the adaptive headlights option will be exclusive to the refreshed Model 3 Highland for now, whose release in the US is expected early next quarter. According to user eivissa who sleuthed over the certification documents, these are all the new headlight and other features that are coming to the Model 3 with an OTA software update:

  • Front light activation (dipped beam) when wipers are active.
  • Rear light activation with front daytime running lights in low light conditions.
  • Adaptive Main Beam (Model 3 Highland)
  • Intelligent speed assistance (ISA) (Model 3 Highland)
  • Driver drowsiness and attention warning (DDAW) (Model 3 Highland)
  • Emergency lane-keeping systems (ELKS) (Model 3 Highland)
  • Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS) (Model 3 Highland)

It remains to be seen when will the US version of the Tesla Model 3 get adaptive headlights, but the Adaptive Main Beam OTA update listing hints at a release soon after the new Highland lands on this side of the pond.

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The Tesla Model 3 adaptive headlights feature
The Tesla Model 3 adaptive headlights feature


Julien (@eivissacopter/X) via DriveTeslaCanada

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Daniel Zlatev, 2023-12-21 (Update: 2023-12-21)