Ford is introducing technology designed to detect pedestrians at night by automatically applying the brakes if the driver doesn’t respond to initial warnings.
City AM reports that the company already has Pedestrian Detection for daytime use, but it’s now been given a night vision upgrade to work after dark as well. The system uses a windscreen camera and a bumper-mounted radar sensor, along with a database of “pedestrian shapes” to help it filter out trees and road signs to focus on people.
The report explains the camera produces a live video feed, constantly on the lookout for humans. If one is detected, the driver is warned with sounds and visual alerts and if it doesn’t brake, the car does it for them.
We know some drivers find hitting the road at night a stressful experience,” Gregor Allexi, active safety engineer at Ford of Europe told the paper. “Especially driving in towns and cities, pedestrians – sometimes distracted by mobiles – can without warning step into the road, leaving even alert drivers very little time to avoid an accident. Day and night, Pedestrian Detection is designed to help identify people already in – or about to step into – the road ahead.”
The advanced technology will be introduced on the next generation Fiesta.