Ford is at present trialling new headlight expertise that allows the projection of knowledge on the highway forward of the automobile for the motive force to see, as a way to assist them maintain their imaginative and prescient on the highway forward.
These high-resolution headlights can venture info akin to instructions, pace limits or climate on to the highway floor forward of the automobile, to ensure that the motive force to have the ability to obtain stated info whereas having their subject of view stay on the highway in entrance of them. That is to assist mitigate a few of danger of night-time driving, as 40% of collision happen within the darkness in the UK, says Ford.
For instance, a automobile travelling at 90 km/h is masking floor at a price of 25 metres every second, which implies that even a brief look at a navigation display within the automobile may end in “driving blind” for a distance of 10 metres or extra, the carmaker stated. On an unlit or poorly lit highway, this might imply lacking a junction, highway signal, or a bend.
Projection of knowledge on to the highway floor utilizing these high-resolution headlights can even profit different highway customers, for instance by projecting the graphics of a crosswalk on the highway in situations the place the highway marking have pale or are in any other case unclear.
Different prospects may additionally embody exhibiting the motive force a path to comply with as a way to cross cyclists at a secure distance, projecting the width of the automobile on to the highway to assist in secure passage by means of a niche or parking area, in addition to info on hostile highway situations akin to snowfall, icy roads or different slippery situations.
“What began as taking part in round with a projector mild and a clean wall may take lighting applied sciences to an entire new stage. There’s the potential now to take action rather more than merely illuminate the highway forward, to assist scale back the stress concerned in driving at night time. The driving force may get important info with out ever needing to take their eyes off the highway,” stated Lars Junker, who’s accountable for ADAS options and software program at Ford Europe.