Did you see the following sentence in the first article?: "Toyota and its luxury brand Lexus offer the most vehicles with either "good" or "acceptable" headlight ratings, and popular vehicles such as the new Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado only offer "poor" headlights."Here's some more to keep you busy reading, instead of typing a bunch of B.S.
A new study discovered some troubling trends involving the headlights on cars. An overwhelming number of headlights are considered dangerous, and having them in your car could raise the risk of being involved in a serious crash.www.clickondetroit.com
About a third of vehicles were rated "acceptable," a third "marginal” and a third "poor."www.usatoday.com
"Forget driverless cars for a second. Can we just get vehicles with decent headlights? Only one of 31 midsize cars studied by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety had headlights it considered "good".
We own an earlier example of the very first vehicle that the IIHS gave its highest "Good" headlight rating to - the Prius v Five. The 2015 Prius v Five was that "1 out of 31" vehicles that got the highest IIHS "Good" rating at the time that USA Today article was written in 2015. Its headlight performance was a key reason for buying the Prius.
I doubt if anyone on this forum knows more about the history of headlights in the U.S. market than I do or why U.S. market headlights have frequently been poorer than those on vehicles sold in many other countries. If there is any blame to be thrown, I'd direct it at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) which have for decades slowed and prevented the implementation of superior vehicle lighting standards adopted or accepted by most of the rest of the world.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) seems to have had a very positive effect on improving headlight performance since it began testing headlights in 2015. A far higher percentage of vehicle headlights are now getting "Good" and "Acceptable" ratings and I hope the trend continues. The best way to get better headlights is to "vote with your feet" and buy only vehicles that have good headlights. Nothing puts pressure on vehicle makers like consumers refusing to buy their products. As I said in a previous post in this thread, I will never buy another vehicle that has headlights that get less than an IIHS "Good" rating and will not accept future rental cars that get less than an IIHS "Acceptable" rating.
Frankly, the best thing the U.S. could do is to dump its vehicle lighting standards and completely adopt European lighting standards and requirements or to at least allow the sale of vehicles that meet ECE standards. But that is becoming increasingly unlikely in the current isolationist political environment. I have to wonder if Toyota and other companies are going to put as much effort into designing headlights for the U.S. market when it is designing different headlight systems for the rest of the world. The Canadian government announced about two years ago that it is going with the European standard instead of continuing to follow the U.S.
Speaking of self driving cars, its been in the news the past few days that the Tesla Model Y is going to be available much sooner than anticipated. Coupled with its recently announced increased range, it's becoming the likely candidate to replace my wife's Prius v Five instead of the 2021 RAV4 Prime PHEV we had planned on purchasing. I'm hoping that the Model Y will get the same "Good" IIHS headlight rating as the Model 3 that it's based on. As self driving cars become common, headlights could in theory become less important.