Our 2019 U.S. Giga i3 with the Tech Package has options
Here is its build sheet, which includes 5AP and 8S4 (highlighted).
Because, until recently, VLD violated NHTSA's archaic lighting laws.
It appears that late model i3's without the Tech Package must have simpler LED headlights that don't implement anti-dazzle and variable light distribution features because they don't have to be disabled with option 5AP. My question is, why would BMW include the more expensive anti-dazzle and variable light distribution headlights with the Tech Package only to disable these features when they could instead have installed the basic headlights that don't have these features?websterize wrote: ↑Tue May 30, 2023 5:21 pmBecause, until recently, VLD violated NHTSA's archaic lighting laws.
I'll have to pay more attention to the corning lights on our i3. I assumed that they are fixed LED's that illuminate only when cornering. I haven't noticed any motion when they illuminate. However, your description suggests that they are elements of the headlights normally aimed forward that move to the side when cornering. That would explain why the more complex headlights would be included with the Tech Package.websterize wrote: ↑Wed May 31, 2023 5:24 amI think the answer to your question has to do with the adaptive, or “cornering” headlights, which became available in the North American i3 for the 2019 model year along with High Beam Assist — all in the Tech package. To have the cornering lights it touted, BMW needed more advanced LED headlights that included movable lighting elements.
The LED headlights on our 2014 i3 had something like "BMW Adaptive" written inside their housings even though their aim only moved vertically to compensate for a heavy load in the cargo area, for example. Their aim moved up when they were turned on which was obvious when parked facing a wall. I believe the adaptive LED headlights on European i3's were more adaptive, maybe moving horizontally as the steering wheel is turned, or maybe there was a control inside the cabin that allowed the driver to adjust their aim.websterize wrote: ↑Wed May 31, 2023 5:24 amWith the anti-dazzle and variable light distribution functionality, all four lighting elements in each headlight do a lot more than just illuminate corners. On the i3, these types of headlights are emblazoned “BMW Adaptive” inside the housing. The software changes discussed here unlock the full functionality of the lighting, which was hamstrung by U.S. government lighting laws until recently.