Ford is working on safer, next-generation headlights.
The company has released a preview showing off some of its new advanced headlight technology that it is working on with the goal of helping drivers more easily identify potential hazards, including pedestrians, cyclists and animals. One of the new technologies is Ford’s Camera-Based Advanced Front Lighting System, which can widen the beam at junctions and roundabouts to better illuminate hazards not in the direction of travel.
The camera-based system also uses GPS information to better illuminate bends and dips on a chosen route, and if GPS data isn’t available, the headlight technology uses a forward-facing video camera mounted in the rearview mirror base to detect lane markings and predict the road’s curvature, resulting in more effective illumination.
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Being developed at Ford’s European Research and Innovation Centre in Germany, the American automaker expects the Camera-Based Advanced Front Lighting System to be available for consumers in the near future. The company is also working on Spot Lighting, which uses an infra-red camera in the front grille to simultaneously locate and track up to eight people and bigger animals, including larger dogs, at a range of up to 120 meters.
“Many people who drive at night have had to quickly react to someone or something suddenly appearing in the road – as if from nowhere. Ford’s Camera-Based Advanced Front Lighting System and Spot Lighting help ensure the driver is quickly alerted to people or animals that could present a danger,” said Ken Washington, vice president, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering.
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