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Ford Smart Lights to Improve Road Safety

Ford Smart Lights to Improve Road Safety
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New technological developments are taking place which can improve road safety. However, seeing what is ahead is still the key for avoiding accidents. Ford is now developing headlight technology which could help the drivers avoid road hazards. The technology widens the light at junctions and identifies pedestrians and even animals. It will illuminate individual obstacles and hazards that use GPS coordinates to light up the road ahead for the drivers to see in a better way. Let us have a look at the new smart lighting system from Ford in this post.

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The Prototype Camera System of Ford

The prototype system of Ford depends on a front-mounted camera. The camera works with the GPS information about dips and bends that lie ahead on the route. In case of unavailability of the GPS signal, a camera, which is mounted behind the rear view mirror, is used by the system to spot lane markings and light up around corners. It will also remember the route data. This means when you drive through the same road next time, your car will know how to light the path in the best possible way.

Special LED Lamps

There are two special LED lamps which are placed next to the fog lights. This allows the car’s system to directly spotlight hazards. The objects which are spotted by the system are highlighted in yellow and red on the dashboard screen of the car. The color displayed varies on how close the objects are to the car. An infra-red camera is used by the spotlighting technology which is mounted on the grille. This grille detects body heat of around 8 people or large animals even at a distance of 120 meters (394 feet). The LED lights can also illuminate the exits of roundabouts and junctions.

Michael Koherr, research engineer, Lighting Systems, Ford of Europe, said “Camera-Based Advanced Front Lighting can help make it easier for the driver to travel at night in unfamiliar surroundings, and to more easily see unexpected hazards. At roundabouts, for example, our system helps the driver to clearly see the exits — and check if cyclists and pedestrians are crossing the road.”

Ken Washington, vice president, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering, said “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.”

Ford plans to bring the GPS-based smart lighting technology for the consumers in the near future. However, there is still no word yet when the infra-red spotlighting technology will enter the market.

What do you think about the smart lights? Do you think it will increase road safety for the drivers? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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