Ford’s new adaptive headlights shine a spotlight on pedestrians

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The German luxury behemoths were the first to introduce high-tech adaptive headlights — BMW, Mercedes, and Audi all have some version of the technology — but now Ford is readying its own take on adaptive headlights that should be a bit easier on the wallet.

Ford’s version uses two spotlights in place of traditional fog lamps. An infrared camera in the car’s grille stays on the lookout for pedestrians and animals, and when it spots something, it directs the spotlights to aim at and highlight the potential obstacle. The extra light makes the person more easily noticeable, and even provides a sort of light beam that points along the pavement to the pedestrian.

Of course, the infrared display will also show the heat signatures of people…

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