Photo courtesy of Ford.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford is developing headlights that will help drivers more easily identify potential hazards while driving at night that will also widen the beam at tricky junctions, Ford has announced.

The camera-based front lighting system uses GPS technology and can widen the beam at junctions and roundabouts after interpreting signs. The system can remember roadways and point lighting toward bends on previously travelled routes.

The system will also use an infrared camera to direct "spot lighting"  toward pedestrians, cyclists, and animals. It will be able to detect up to eight potential hazards and highlight priorities using specially designed headlights and an on-screen display.

The Camera-Based Advanced Front Lighting System was developed at Ford's European Research and Innovation Centre in Aachen, Germany. Ford expects the technology to be available for customers "in the near term," according to a release.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet