Ford’s European Research and Innovation Centre in Aachen, Germany, is currently working on a new camera-based Advanced Front Lighting System. The system which consists of headlamps, LED spotlights, foglamps and a set of front-mounted cameras, aims to provide better illumination of the road ahead, thereby enhancing safety.
The system uses a front camera and GPS data (where available) to identify bends and dips and direct the headlamp illumination accordingly. The camera records the roads and stores it along GPS data so that the next time the driver uses the same road, the system knows exactly where to focus the illumination.
There is also a grille-mounted infrared camera which scans for possible obstacles or animals within a range of 120 metres. If an obstacle is detected, the bumper-mounted LED spotlights illuminate them. The infrared camera is also connected to a display on the dashboard which highlights the obstacle in red of yellow frame depending on the obstacle’s distance from the vehicle.
Ford’s Advanced Front Lighting System enables the driver to take on unfamiliar roads more comfortably (for instance, exists of the roundabouts are illuminated properly) and spot unexpected hazards in time to take evasive actions.