The infrared will kind of work like those cool thermal vision goggles to find people and animal movement even in the dark.
Ford is working on some sort of Smart Headlights technology, which would ultimately make the roads a much safer place everywhere but the United States. Why not the U.S.? Ford is foremost an American isn’t it? It’s not the company’s choice as some old legislative driving related laws of the American government prevent such ‘doodads’ of hitting the road.
So what exactly did Ford do? The motor company has developed an advanced headlight system that illuminates hazards and even illuminates corners and intersections. Now why that kind of device would not be wanted on U.S. roads is beyond me.
The actual ‘science’ behind it is called Spot Lightning. It uses a front mounted infrared camera to spot movement from people and animals. This also adds LED lights mounted on the front bumper and on an additional screen within the car.
It will also come with camera-based scanning to adjust the lights to better light the road for drivers. The infrared cameras will work with the GPS system to prepare which to light ahead of time. The infrared will kind of work like those cool thermal vision goggles to find people and animal movement even in the dark. Your car will practically become a Bond car minus the girls.
Ford isn’t the first to think along these lines as both BMW and Mercedes-Benz have dabbled in something like this. But unique to Ford is the motion sensitive mounted LED lights.
Ford is upping the ante and let’s see how the competition responds. Ultimately, Ford wants roads to be safer so I take my hats off to you guys.
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