The new LED headlamps Ford detect people and animals learn from experience

Night driving is not without its dangers. Hence one of the aspects that has developed in recent years has been precisely that of lighting systems. The latest technologies, such as the headlights LED even laser systems, adaptive lighting, automatic connection of long range headlights, etc., they are increasingly known by drivers. And it is precisely at this point that Ford is working to combine the detection of obstacles on the road, with lighting systems. So that the next generation of adaptive headlights Ford advocate for a technology that will be able to detect people and animals, the light with greater intensity to see them, and warn the driver of their presence to avoid abuses .

The adaptive headlight technology LED Ford will be based on image recognition and information GPS .

The system developed by Ford, in the Research and Innovation Center in Aachen (Germany), is based on some lights LED (complete) equipped with an system dynamic you can adjust the intensity, the extent of the beam, and the steering angle, in seven different positions . This technology, according to Ford, is set to hit dealerships soon. Although not yet specified which model or models that will be the premiere.

The interesting thing about this lighting system will work, solidarity with GPS and an image recognition system (the same as used Ford to recognize signs) to adjust the light beam.


The next iteration will learn from the experience, making our lights are more accurate with a learning process that will record the information for each route section that circulemos.

Thus camera detects pedestrians, cyclists and animals who are in our career, or even close to this. For example, an animal in the opposite lane, or shoulder, although not in our history remains a potential danger. Once detected the obstacle, it lights up with greater intensity and warn the driver of their presence by a warning and visual identification in the entertainment team, for night vision screen. That same technology used to illuminate more intensely an obstacle, will, as in other lighting systems LED adaptive we have seen (see IntelliLux Opel Astra 2016) to keep the light of generating a shadow reaching into other cars and avoid dazzle .

Another aid that Ford used to improve the operation of this adaptive lighting system, will mapping information in the browser GPS . This information will serve, among other things, to expand the light beam intersections and roundabouts, so that we can more clearly identify any potential danger and a better view of traffic signals.

When there is no information GPS valid, the system also work identifying road markings, and even calculate the angle between the road and the shoulder to handle better illuminate the apex . Ford claims that are already working even in a second iteration of this technology, which will be able to learn from their experience so that all information that accumulates in our travel used to meet, more rapidly and effectively the second time to go through the same section.

Source: Ford
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