A lot of people get anxious while driving - especially at night. Why? Because humans naturally fear the dark. And I’m not just making things up. Numerous studies conducted by Ford cites that people are not very fond of the dark due to the fear we inherited from our “caveman ancestors”. Weird, huh? But while it’s a stretch to believe these things, driving in the dark does cause some anxiety. And that’s a fact.
However, Ford has good news. It has finally updated its Pedestrian Detection system to work better in low light. That’s why drivers, as well as pedestrians, should be thankful as there’s one less thing to worry about at nightfall.
Ford’s active safety engineer in Europe, Gregor Allexi, states that hitting the road at night is a stressful situation. And you can’t blame people for that. This upset feeling is experienced by many drivers, both in small towns and in cities, no matter how seasoned of a driver you may be.
As people put so much attention on their mobile phones nowadays and get distracted easily, pedestrians don’t even notice a car coming when crossing the street, which leads to unwanted accidents. I mean, it’s funny how some people prioritize a text message over their safety, right? So this is where the necessity of technological development comes in. The Pedestrian Detection helps identify people who are already on, and who are just about to step on to the road.
The company developed a windshield-mounted camera that can shoot 30 frames per second, with a wide-angle lens that can identify pedestrians effectively in low-light. Alongside the camera is a radar, with the ability to spot pedestrians.
Images will then be matched with pedestrian-like shapes from the database, where in the system notifies the driver if a pedestrian has been detected, and would even apply brakes if it senses danger before the driver steps on the brakes. How cool is that? Accidents will be less likely to happen, thanks to Ford.
The first Pedestrian Detection system was launched in 2015. However, this only worked in the daytime. So the company tweaked the program and did some night time testing in simulated real-world conditions, coming up with a much improved version that works in low-light situations.
The next-generation Ford Fiesta, to be released later this year in Europe, will be the first one to have the newly updated system. It will be launched next in the upcoming Ford Fiesta in Europe later this year. Its launch in North America will be on the 2018 F-150 and Mustang.