Ford technology makes it less costly to take the dazzle out of night driving
Published 23/03/2016 | 02:30
Driving without the risk of being dazzled by, or blinding, oncoming traffic has taken a major step closer.
Some of the big carmakers, such as Audi, have the ingenious facility to divert the full-on beam.
Now Ford say they have developed a glare-free technology that lets drivers use their headlights to the full without dazzling others in doing so. This means they can take full advantage of their headlights' capability without affecting oncoming vehicles.
And as the technology can (and will be) used on mainstream cars, it should be more affordable.
A camera on the windscreen senses the headlights and rear lights of other vehicles (including cyclists) up to 800 metres away. The system then angles the car's light away.
A team of Ford engineers and supplier partners worked on perfecting the system which works in tandem with the brand's adaptive LED headlights and auto high beam system. Ford say the new system adjusts the angle and intensity of the headlight beam depending on speed and distance to the vehicle in front, etc.
The combination will be available as an option for the new S-Max, Galaxy and Edge SUV.
Ford of Europe research engineer Michael Koherr said: "We found some drivers are so concerned about dazzling others that they don't use high beam at all."