Dump those dumb headlights. Here’s something better.
SHEDDING LIGHT ON A GREAT IDEA
If you drive at night, you’re pretty much guaranteed to run into situations where your hand flies up in front of your face.
“Yikes, I can’t SEE!”.
People forget to lower their high beams, giving oncoming drivers a glaring face full of bright light. On a foggy, twisty mountain road, a high beam can be temporarily blinding. If you get down in one piece, it isn’t because of your incredible skill. It is because of your incredible luck.
Night driving is three times as dangerous as driving during the day (The National Council on Highway Safety).
Robert Tamburo (Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute) has an answer. A “smart headlight” which he will be showing off at the European Conference on Computer Vision in Zurich. Sensors in the headlight track cars, drivers, snow flakes, and rain drops. The system blocks light that would otherwise shine in your eyes, while lighting up the rest of the roadway. It keeps light from bouncing around on snow/rain particles. Tambur’s headlight uses fast computer processing to model the “road space”. The light doesn’t come from a bulb; instead, it comes from a DLP device with an array of “cells” which work together to make up the beam. The cells are constantly switched on or off to perfectly protect the vision of other drivers and light the road. Along with lots of other stuff that will show up soon, Tamburo “smart headlight” should completely change how we drive.
What does MISTER ScienceAintSoBad think?
ScienceAintSoBad Rating for a smart headlight = 10. To drivers in the near future, today’s cars will seem like “death traps”.
For good reason .