These High-Resolution Ford Lights Could Revolutionize Night Driving

Ford is testing headlight technology to help drivers keep their eyes on the road!

The head-up display has been helping drivers to stay focused on the road ahead for quite some time now. But Ford is developing new light technology that could literally keep your eyes on the road.

“What started out as a game with a projector and a blank wall may well take lighting technology to a whole new level. It is already possible to do much more than simply illuminate the road in front of the vehicle, in order to help reduce the stress involved in driving at night. The driver could get essential information without ever having to take his eyes off the road.” according to Lars Junker, Features and Software, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Ford of Europe.

Indeed, this new technology makes it possible to project directions, speed limits or weather information onto the road so that the driver can stay focused on driving!

Driving at night can be riskier. In the United Kingdom, for example, 40% of collisions occur at night, even if the traffic there is less dense. This risk increases as soon as a driver takes his eyes off the road. A vehicle traveling at 90 km/h travels 25 meters per second, so even a brief glance at the navigation system can result in blind driving for ten meters or more. On an unlit road, this can potentially cause the driver to miss an important sign or turn.

Projecting information onto the road via high-resolution front lights could also benefit other road users. A pedestrian crossing, for example, could be projected onto the road, so that it is visible to the driver and pedestrians in situations where the existing road markings are partially erased or barely visible. It would also be possible to guide the driver by indicating the trajectory to follow to overtake cyclists while maintaining a safe distance.

The technology could also provide the driver with information on the evolution of upcoming weather conditions on the road: falling snow, fog, slippery or icy road surfaces, etc. Connecting the headlights to the navigation system could make it possible to display upcoming turns, and it would also be possible to project the width of the vehicle onto the road to help the driver determine whether or not the vehicle will be able to pass through a gap. given or whether or not it will fit in a parking space.

At this time, this vehicle feature is being developed for testing purposes only and is being tested in controlled environments. Moreover, the projection of images on the road should be subject to regulations. Still, this technology developed by Ford could one day make life easier for drivers!


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