17 August 2021 · Tips N' Tricks

How does Mazda High-Beam Control work?

Mazda High Beam Control

One of the features you might find on your new Mazda is High Beam Control. But how does Mazda High Beam Control work, and what does it do exactly? We’re here to explain it to you so that you can get the most out of your Mazda’s technology features.

High Beam Control (HBC) detects oncoming and preceding vehicles and automatically switches between high and low beams during night driving, making it easier for the driver to recognize hazards.

Equipped vehicles usually drive with the headlights on high-beam at night; the system switches from high beam to low beam only when it detects the taillights of a car in front or the headlights of an oncoming cars. However the system also switches the headlights to low beam when the vehicle is driving in brightly lit urban areas or at speeds slower than 30km/h when high beams are not required.

Combined with the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), HBC provides a wider field of vision, enabling the driver to see further into the distance and recognize hazards earlier. The system helps the driver drive with peace of mind at night.

To operate the High Beam Control System

To operate HBC

The HBC operates to switch the headlights automatically between high and low beams after the ignition is switched ON and the headlight switch is in the AUTO and low beam position.

The HBC determines that it is dark based on the brightness of the surrounding area. At the same time, the HBC indicator light (green) in the instrument cluster illuminates.

Manual Switching

Manual Switching

Switching to low beams

Switch the headlight switch to the light position, or press the high beam control switch.

The HBC indicator light (green) turns off.

High beam control switch

If the HBC is turned off using the high beam control switch, press the high beam control switch again to turn the HBC back on.

Switching to high beams

Shift the lever to the high beam position.

The HBC indicator light (green) turns off and the headlight high-beam indicator light is illuminated.

* HBC may not perform as expected due to factors such as light sources nearby (street lights, traffic signal, etc.), bad weather (rain, snow, fog, etc.) and road conditions (multiple curves, undulations, etc.).

* HBC is designed to reduce the risk of accidents by providing a well-illuminated field of view. However the system has its limitations, and no safety system or combination of such systems can prevent all accidents. These systems are not a replacement for safe and attentive driving. Please drive carefully at all times and do not rely on technology to prevent an accident. Not all of these systems are available on all models or in all markets, so please contact your local Mazda dealer for details on availability. Please refer to your owners' manual for additional important system details, limitations and warnings.