Ford’s smart headlights swivel to identify road hazards

20 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ford Announces New Front End Lighting Technologies.

The automaker is developing two lighting technologies that could reduce front-end collisions and help drivers more easily identify potential hazards on unlit roads, the company announced Friday. Ford’s new lights can particularly push aspect possibilities problems and block illustrates which might not amount apparent towards the rider in the beginning.

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. The move reflects a growing relationship between cars and technology that seeks to improve driver safety both in the United States and around the world. “Auto safety has evolved from basic seatbelts and lighting to high-tech safety features that can help drivers avoid accidents altogether,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). “Thanks to continuing innovation, today’s vehicles are the safest in history and have contributed to year-over-year decreases in crash-related fatalities and injuries nationwide.” While motor vehicle accidents remain a leading cause of death in the US, traffic deaths have fallen by nearly a quarter between 2004 and 2014, the NHTSA reported in December – and safety improvements in vehicles are responsible for at least part of that decline, experts say.

Ford’s European Research and Innovation Center in Aachen, Germany, right now going on a recorded at another camera-based Advanced Front Lighting System. Advances include adaptive cruise control, which can sense vehicles ahead and adjust a driver’s speed to keep a safe following distance; automatic headlights that adjust based on a driver’s surroundings; forward collision warning systems, which use radar, laser, or camera sensors to detect when a crash is imminent and alerts the driver to act; and lane departure warning systems that let a driver know when he or she is drifting out of a lane. At intersections, the framework’s longer scope better lamps way up turn-offs and assists in the teacher increasingly simply recognize certain people walking that could be trying to mix the road, Ford says. “Many individuals who direct at night have taken to relate to some body maybe all of the sudden gracing an open road – just as if from nowhere”, Ford’s Ken Washington said.

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 most significant change may have been the requirement in the late 2000s to begin phasing into all vehicles electronic stability control, which helps drivers keep command of the wheel and has proved effective in preventing rollover, The Wall Street Journal reported. “These technologies, and others yet to be developed, are changing how we drive and helping to make driving safer,” safety specialist Scott Humphrey wrote in a blog for insurance consulting firm Travelers. The first, a camera-based advanced front-lighting system, widens the beam at junctions and roundabouts to improve illumination – and to give drivers a heads-up when a pedestrian, a cyclist, or a wild animal might be coming round the corner. 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.

Even without GPS data the technology utilizes cameras to detect lane markings and help to move the car’s high beams in accordance with the curvature of the road or spot dips and illuminate them even better. 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 of these two technologies is called “Spot Lighting.” This is particularly helpful when driving in a residential area that does not have street lights.

Ford’s new Spot Lighting framework utilizes an infra-red camera in the front grille of the vehicle to spot and track up to eight individuals and bigger creatures up to 120 meters, or around 394 feet, away. The first, named “camera-based advanced front lighting” uses GPS, traffic sign recognition and an adapting lighting system that enables the car to detect turns and roundabouts all by itself. 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. Underneath the headlights are spot lights that then direct their beams onto whatever was detected, giving the driver around 2 to 3 additional seconds to react.

Of course, improved road safety has as much, if not more, to do with compliance with safety laws and restrictions for young drivers as it does with vehicle safety technology. Street wellbeing reports demonstrate that on dark streets there is an altogether improved probability of mischances, and that such mishaps could include individual wounds, or fatalities.* Ford is a main trailblazer in lighting innovation.

This new innovation by Ford could very well open up doors for improvements on road safety while night driving and would definitely get drivers, passengers and pedestrians a breath of fresh air. Ford hopes its headlight technologies will cut that number down, though it’s not clear how long it might take its Spot Lighting system to become available commercially.

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