Connie B. Robinson. ford. May 07th , 2017.
Ford is developing an advanced lighting technology that allows the driver to detect potential dangers when driving at night. The advanced front lighting system is adjusted by cameras, expanding the light beam intersections and roundabouts to interpret road signs.
Driving at night, particularly on roads without lighting, it can be a harrowing experience. So Ford is developing a new lighting technology that will allow drivers to identify potential hazards more easily as pedestrians, cyclists or animals.
The advanced front lighting system that works by cameras, expanding the light beam intersections and roundabouts to better illuminate the dangers that are not in the direction of our journey. The new lighting technology helps attract the driver's attention on pedestrians, cyclists and even large animals that are in the path of the vehicle or even roadside.
"Many people who drive at night had to react fast when someone or something has suddenly appeared on the road, and out of nowhere. The advanced front lighting system based on cameras helps ensure that the driver is alerted quickly on people or animals that may pose a danger, "said Ken Washington, Vice President, Research and Advanced Engineering.
Advanced Front Lighting System that conforms with cameras is built on the Adaptive Forward Lighting and traffic sign recognition of Ford, which are already available in Ford vehicles to provide drivers with improved visibility at roundabouts as well as to signs of "stop" and "give way".
The system also uses the GPS information to better illuminate the curves and elevation changes of a given route. When there is no GPS data available, the technology used front video camera that is based on the rearview mirror to detect road markings and predict how much a bend in the road is closed, and uses that information to light that area more effectively.
In a next evolution, the camera will file the information in the navigation system. When the driver comes again on the route, the headlights will adapt the course of the road automatically, better lighting the way.
The advanced front lighting system based on cameras has been developed at the Center for Research and Innovation Ford in Aachen, Germany, and Ford expects the technology available to its customers soon.
The system can illuminate specifically to two elements that pose a danger to the driver, with a point and a line on the surface of the road, illuminated by two special LED headlamps that are next to the fog lights. The illuminated objects are displayed on the screen inside the vehicle, framed in red or yellow, depending on the proximity of the object and the level of danger posed.
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