Ford plays with “bright” ideas, including adjustable headlights image

The second largest US automaker is now mulling the development of adjustable lighting features for its cars being sold in Europe and Asia. The latest project is called the Camera-Based Advanced Front Lighting System.

It’s not an acronym friendly name, but will do the trick in using GPS and radar data to enhance the light to expand the driver’s view of the road, in the most ideal conditions offering the needed time for the motorist to properly react to quickly changing road conditions, pedestrians or animals that might have entered the vehicle’s path. “Many people who drive at night have had to quickly react to someone or something suddenly appearing in the road – as if from nowhere. Ford’s Camera-Based Advanced Front Lighting System and Spot Lighting help ensure the driver is quickly alerted to people or animals that could present a danger,” said Ken Washington, vice president, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering. The system can widen the beam’s reach at junctions and roundabouts and the Spot Lighting tech will also draw the driver’s attention to pedestrians, cyclists and even large animals in the proximity.

Using GPS data, the system would also know of areas where more lighting could be useful for the driver to see obstructions, signage, curves in the road, etc. It would also remember them for a later usage. Ford is not the only one on the road here – other carmakers have been implementing lighting systems that can adjust to the conditions with various degrees of success.