On a future drive, your car's headlights could recall nighttime roads already traveled and sense when to adjust lighting to better navigate bends.
The smart headlights, being developed at Ford's Research and Innovation Center in Germany, can predict a road's curvature, thanks to an infrared camera, GPS signals and special traffic sign recognition technology.
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Called Camera-Based Advanced Front Lighting, the system is able to identify up to eight risks and then prioritize the two most critical ones.
It has two independently moving spotlights underneath the headlights designed to illuminate hazards in the road, such as pedestrians or animals, by casting a line on the road in their direction.
Inside the car, a screen displays the objects for the driver and frames them in yellow or red, providing another level of warning. The alert could give drivers and extra two or three crucial seconds to react.