Ford is developing a high technology lighting system for its cars’ front lights. With this new technology implemented, it offers safer environment for people who are using the street at night for both people and animal inside or outside the car even though there is not much lights or traffic signs around the area.
The first technology combines the automaker’s existing two lighting technologies into one newly developed technology. The two existing technologies are the adaptive lighting system and traffic sign recognition. They were combined and enhanced further to be able to interpret traffic signs as well as use GPS to widen the range of the lights coming from the headlights especially when approaching roundabouts. On the other hand, if there is no GPS data found on the location, there is a camera which will take over its duty and detect the lane markings and move car’s lighting to the roundabouts or the dips in the road to provide a better lighting.
The second technology is useful when doing night driving around the residential area with minimum or no street lights. It is better known as Spot Lighting. How it works is that there is an infrared placed at the car’s grille which is able to detect body heat of a person or an animal. The body heat then will be displayed on the in-car entertainment screen as a yellow boxes or red boxes according to their risk level. It can work up to eight pedestrians, cyclists and pets walking with their human companion.
With these two technologies in place, hopefully, it can give the driver 1 to 2 seconds more response time. However, there is no detail on when is the Sport Lighting technology will be deployed on the car but the camera-based front lighting system will be ready to deploy soon.