Ford Announces New Front End Lighting Technologies

19 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ford Announces New Front End Lighting Technologies.

Considering the fact that driving at nights could be very hazardous and nerve-wracking if you have to negotiate bends with very limited night vision, Ford motors is therefore experimenting with a headlight system that uses dynamic camera technology to see far into the night and making driving at night an absolute pleasure.Ford’s new headlights have the ability to selectively pin-point potential hazards and road features which might not be visible to the driver at first glance.

American automaker Ford is in the midst of developing a slick multi-function front lighting system that can do a lot more than just illuminate the road ahead. It can detect obstacles ahead, shadow oncoming traffic, interpret road signs and use pre-collected GPS data to select a lighting configuration best suited for specific locations. But Ford wants to help drivers get to where they’re going safely during such situations, as it is currently developing two front-lighting technologies to help drivers avoid accidents and stay safe even on the most dimly-lit road. Using a dedicated Global Positioning System (GPS), the car’s headlight can modify itself to suit a road’s curvature by deploying its front camera which is mounted at the bottom of the rearview mirror. The first of these two technologies is called “camera-based advanced front lighting system.” This actually uses two older technologies—adaptive lighting system and traffic sign recognition—and combines them into a more effective system.

Even at junctions, the wider sweep of the system can better illuminate turn-offs & help the driver to easily identify pedestrians who may be attempting to cross roads. Developed at Ford’s Research and Innovation Centre in Aachen, Germany, these lights are capable of spreading their beam at junctions and roundabouts. This new tech analyzes traffic signs and leverages baked-in GPS to expand headlight reach at roundabouts, but if GPS is not available, its cameras spot lane markings and adjust high beams to match the road’s curvature.

To fix the problem, Ford is working on a new system which would detect potential hazards that might jump out in front of your car during nighttime driving and keep track of road patterns that a driver might miss. Spot Lighting technology, on the other hand, would be more helpful when it comes to that all-too-common situation, when you’re driving in a residential part of town, but there’s hardly a street light to help you along the way.

The new Ford’s experimentation has the ability for the front camera to record road data and stored it together with the car’s navigational information. The second technology called the “spot lighting” uses an infrared camera in the grille to detect bicyclists, pedestrians, and animals on or near the roadway through their body heat. On detection of an obstruction, a swivelling LED light will illuminate the object and the forward view is displayed on the dashboard screen with potentially dangerous roadside object highlighted inside a yellow box. The navigation display can also display animals or people that are detected up ahead in yellow or red – based on the level of danger they pose to road users.

The new Spot Lighting System is going to use an infra-red camera on the front grille that will spot & can track as many as 8 people & large animals up to one hundred and twenty meters or 394 feet away. Road safety reports show that on unlit roads there is a significantly increased likelihood of accidents, and that such accidents could involve personal injuries, or fatalities.* Ford is a leading innovator in lighting technology.

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