As relaxing and fun it can be to drive at night, it can also be very dangerous at times, especially when you’re driving through winding and unfamiliar roads. And it doesn’t even matter if you’ve got bright headlamps fitted in your car—they still can’t fully light the way through sharp curves and hairpins.
Ford, though, has devised a new technology that can address all this: predictive smart headlights. These headlights use real-time location data as well as road markings to accurately identify turns along the road. Algorithm calculates the trajectory and speed of the vehicle to proactively adjust the direction of the headlights to better illuminate tight bends or unlit junctions.
The technology will also function on roads where no location data is available. It will work with camera- and steering-based dynamic headlight bending technologies for the duration that GPS data remains unavailable.
“The predictive lighting technology we are developing now means that one day driving in the dark could be as simple as just following your headlights,” said Ford of Europe lighting research engineer Michael Koherr. “This new map- and location-based system is the next step on our quest to make driving at night no more difficult or stressful as during the day.”
To see Ford’s new tech in action, click play on the embedded video below:
Ford Headlight Technology Showcase
Ford has been revealing a lot of impressive safety tech as of late, such as those Electronic High Visibility Panels and that new Smart Mirror. Which of these would you like to see make their way over to our market?