What are adaptive headlights?
With an ever increasing number of hazards to be found on and around the road at night, Ford are continually developing their headlight technology. Inspiring innovations include lights that can see around corners and track moving objects in front of the vehicle.
How do they work?
The improved Ford Adaptive Front Lighting System adjusts the beams of the new Bi-Xenon HID headlamps to best suit the layout of the road before it. The system assesses the ambient light around the car, as well as object in the road ahead, and then adjusts the headlight beam angle and intensity to the most appropriate of its seven settings depending on the vehicle's speed, steering angle, and distance to the blocking object.
At high speeds, like on the motorway, the headlights are raised to project a longer, straighter beam for visibility further ahead. Whilst driving through town, where speeds are lower and street lighting more intense, the beam spreads out downwards for more intense illumination of the road immediate in front.
When cornering at lower speeds, the system projects a beam towards the side of the road to ensure cyclists and pedestrians are more visible; and the system supports cornering at higher speeds by projecting light further into the bend.
The system can also recognise an upcoming junction or roundabout, and spread it's beam to allow maximum vision of oncoming vehicles.
Whatever the situation, Ford's Adaptive Headlight system ensures you are never left in the dark.