Volvo XC90 2015-2023 Owners Manual / Lighting / Active high beam

Volvo XC90: Lighting / Active high beam

Active high beams is a function that uses camera sensors in the upper edge of the windshield to detect the headlights of approaching vehicles or the taillights of the vehicle directly ahead. When either of these is detected, the vehicle's headlights will automatically switch from high beams to low beams.

Volvo XC90. Active high beam

Active high beams is indicated by the Volvo XC90. Active high beam symbol.

This function can be used in dark conditions when the vehicle's speed is approx. 20 km/h (approx. 12 mph) or higher. The function can also detect street lighting. When the camera sensor no longer detects an approaching vehicle or a vehicle ahead, the headlights will return to high beams after a second or two.

Activating active high beams

Active high beams can be activated and deactivated by turning the lighting ring on the leftside steering wheel lever to position Volvo XC90. Active high beam. The lighting ring will then return to Volvo XC90. Active high beam. When active high beams are activated, a white Volvo XC90. Active high beam symbol will be displayed in the instrument panel. When high beams are on, the symbol will be blue.

If active high beams are deactivated when the high beams are on, the headlights will automatically switch to low beams.

Limitations for active high beams

The camera sensor on which the function is based has limitations.

Volvo XC90. Active high beam If this symbol and the message Active High Beam Temporarily unavailable is displayed in the instrument panel, switching between high and low beams must be done manually. The Volvo XC90. Active high beam symbol will go out when the message is displayed.

Volvo XC90. Active high beam The same applies if this symbol along with the message Windscreen sensor Sensor blocked, see Owner's manual is displayed.

Active high beams may be temporarily unavailable in certain situations, e.g. heavy fog or rain. When active high beams become available again, or the windshield sensors are no longer blocked, the message will disappear and the Volvo XC90. Active high beam symbol will be displayed.


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