The 2018 Ford Mustang and F-150 will present a new pedestrian detection system that is visible in the dark.
Ford is already offering pedestrian detection technology, but the night vision is included first time now. More capability that is added prevents a big number of deaths on pedestrian road, which most happen when it’s dark. In 2015, three of four pedestrian road deaths that occured in the U.S. were in the dark.
Using a radar in the car’s bumper and a camera on the windshield, the pedestrian detection system can accentuate pedestrians from objects like trees or road signs. Thanks to video live-feed and the angle of view, it can accentuate pedestrians at night using only headlights illumination. After the system detects a pedestrian, it immediately warns the driver audio and visualy alerting, and if the driver doesn’t respond, car will automatically stop to prevent an accident.
“Day and night, Pedestrian Detection is designed to help identify people already in – or about to step into – the road ahead.”
Ford tested the new pedestrian technology by sending life-sized dummies into the path of vehicles after dark. Some of the testing occurred on public roads in Paris and Amsterdam, the automaker says.
Ford Mustang and F-150 both got new safety features for the 2018 model year, including pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection. The Mustang receives additional new features such as distance alert, lane-departure warning, lane keeping assist, and the Driver Alert System that combats drowsy driving.
In addition to the Mustang and F-150, the night-capable pedestrian detection system will make its way to the next-gen Fiesta in Europe.