FORD CARS WILL “RECOGNIZE” PEDESTRIANS IN THE DARK

FORD CARS WILL “RECOGNIZE” PEDESTRIANS IN THE DARK

The American automaker introduced a new technology to detect people on roads and pavements in the dark. Ford surveyed European motorists, according to its results, 81% of male drivers said they had a fear of driving a car at night, while the share of female drivers who admitted to niktofobiya was 87%. It is reported

The American automaker introduced a new technology to detect people on roads and pavements in the dark.

Ford surveyed European motorists, according to its results, 81% of male drivers said they had a fear of driving a car at night, while the share of female drivers who admitted to niktofobiya was 87%.

It is reported that more than half of European respondents are nervous because they do not see the road and the surrounding environment badly, another third fears that they will end up in an accident, and every fifth respondent feels the fear of knocking down a pedestrian who is inconspicuous in the dark.

Ford introduced a new technology that will reduce the number of night accidents and help drivers avoid stress while driving in the dark. The system recognizes pedestrians at night and automatically performs braking if the driver does not respond to the first (visual and audible) warning.

Pedestrian detection technology is based on processing information from the radar located on the bumper and from the camera on the windshield. The system is able to distinguish people from objects such as trees and road signs due to the existing database of “images of pedestrians.” The camera with a wide viewing angle takes more than thirty pictures per second.  

During the creation of an improved pedestrian recognition technology, the development team at night placed full-size mannequins on closed tracks. In addition, the system was tested on public roads in cities with busy streets, including in Paris and Amsterdam.

“We know that many drivers are stressed while driving in the dark. Getting around the city can be called especially exhausting – pedestrians who only look at the screens of their smartphones can suddenly get on the road, thereby creating an emergency even when the driver is very vigilant, says Ford of Europe safety engineer. Gregor Allexie. “The pedestrian detection system is designed to identify people on the road ahead of the car both day and night.”

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