Tesla is poised to introduce adaptive headlight capabilities in the Model Y and legacy Model 3 across Europe. This enhancement, made possible by a free over-the-air (OTA) software update, follows the recent inclusion of the same feature in the upgraded Model 3.
Tesla initially incorporated matrix LED headlights into their vehicles in 2021, gradually implementing them throughout their entire lineup. While these headlights had the capacity to selectively dim lights aimed at oncoming cars or pedestrians by turning off individual pixels, Tesla had, until recently, only showcased this capability through the Light Show feature, where the headlights spell out ‘Tesla' on a nearby wall.
After an extended period of anticipation, adaptive high beams were introduced earlier this month with the release of software version 2024.2, initially for the upgraded Model 3 in Europe. The expectation was for Tesla to extend this feature to other vehicles equipped with matrix headlights, and recent certification documents in Europe confirm this.
Certification documents dated January 3, 2024, indicate that Tesla has received approval to incorporate adaptive high beams into the Model Y and legacy Model 3. These documents were shared by Julien on X.
Most likely coming with OTA Update 2024.2 🙂 pic.twitter.com/XPmvQNgZKh
— Julien (@eivissacopter) February 1, 2024
Given the incremental rollout starting with the upgraded Model 3 and now expanding to the Model Y and legacy Model 3, speculation arises about the possible extension of this feature to the Model S and Model X. However, no official certification documents for these models have been approved by European authorities as of yet.
The question also looms over whether this adaptive headlight feature will be introduced in North American Tesla vehicles. While adaptive headlights received approval from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in early 2022, aligning with longstanding European regulations, there is currently no clear indication of its implementation in North American Tesla models.
Owners curious about whether their Model Y or legacy Model 3 is equipped with matrix headlights can simply check for a large round bulb on the outer edge of the headlight housing. The presence of this bulb signifies the inclusion of matrix headlights.