Ford Develops Nighttime Pedestrian Detection Tech

Pedestrian Detection processes information from a radar located in the bumper and a windshield?mounted camera. A database of “pedestrian shapes” enables the system to distinguish people from objects such as trees and road signs. The camera delivers more than 30 frames per second. The live video and viewing angle enable the system to pick out pedestrians, even in low-light conditions, illuminated only by the headlights.

If Pedestrian Detection identifies an imminent collision with a pedestrian, the system first provides audible and visual warnings to the driver. If the driver fails to respond, the system automatically applies the brakes.