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Ford works on technology to alert pedestrians on unlit roads

Those of you who six regular drivers will agree that driving at night can be a stressful experience. In addition, driving on roads with little or no light will increase the risk of having an accident. For this reason, Ford is working on two new technologies to increase safety in these types of situations..

On the one hand, Ford has developed a lighting system capable of detecting traffic signals, junctions or roundabouts in order to direct the light beam from the headlights to the areas of greatest danger or that require the most attention. For example, when approaching a roundabout, the light system would be able to indicate to the driver the direction in which it has to turn and will widen the light beam if a vehicle approaches. All this is possible thanks to the camera system incorporated in the vehicle. The automaker hopes that this technology will be available in their vehicles soon. On the other hand, Ford is working on a technology with a really interesting performance, although currently they only work with prototypes. This technology uses infrared cameras to detect people or animals near the roads thanks to the heat of their bodies. In this way, by combining this technology with that explained above, Ford cars would be able to automatically direct their headlights to target people or animals walking on the road, greatly facilitating driver driving in low light situations. In addition, their location will be additionally shown on the screen located inside the vehicle: the computer system will be in charge of framing the obstacles in red or yellow depending on the level of danger. The technology we are talking about is capable of detecting up to eight people or animals, so direct the light beam at the two that pose the greatest risk.

Without a doubt, we are facing a technology that could greatly improve the safety of pedestrians and drivers on roads with little or no lighting. Then we leave you with a video in which its operation is shown:

Source: Ford.