According to Ford, even grownups still fear the dark – though it’s not because of the Boogeyman, and rather due to hazards that are usually harder to spot after twilight.
But fret not, the automaker’s technology keeps improving and the updated pedestrian detection system is now able – for the first time – to see in the dark and will constantly be helping the drivers detect pedestrians at night. By the way, as a tribute to the equally never-ending saga of Star Wars, we can tell you studies show that “fear of the dark leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering,” and then to anxiety behind the wheel. “We know some drivers find hitting the road at night a stressful experience.” said Gregor Allexi, Ford of Europe’s active safety engineer. “Especially driving in towns and cities, pedestrians – sometimes distracted by mobiles – can without warning step into the road, leaving even alert drivers very little time to avoid an accident. Day and night, Pedestrian Detection is designed to help identify people already in – or about to step into – the road ahead.”
The tech makes use of radar and a windshield-mounted camera to “see” pedestrians – the images then get compared to a database of pedestrian-like shapes, and if a match is found, a notification is displayed for the driver. If no action is taken, the car will automatically step in and hit the brakes. Ford adds the camera can take more than 30 shots per second, with the wide angle lens able to single out pedestrians effectively in low-light. This new system will be introduced this year with the arrival of the new generation Ford Fiesta in Europe, and then premiere in North America on the 2018 Mustang and F-150.