Ford Motor Company will be adding night vision to its Pedestrian Detection safety feature. With the help of radar and cameras, the system that is launching on the 2018 Ford F-150 and Mustang models this fall will be able to detect pedestrians in the vehicle’s path during the day or night.
The functionality of the system at night has arguably been a black hole (pun intended) for automakers. Most pedestrian deaths actually occur at night, when visibility is obviously reduced and telling the difference between a tree and human can really be a challenge.
Ford has figured out how to address this problem with the system it developed in Europe. Pedestrian Detection will work by leveraging the radar in the front bumper of the vehicle and pairing it with a camera mounted in the windshield to see detect pedestrians at night. The camera is not a night vision camera, but its viewing angle is such that it is utilizing light from the vehicle’s headlights.
If the vehicle detects a pedestrian in the vehicle path, it will issue audible and visual alerts to the driver. If the driver does not intervene on their own, the vehicle will then begin to utilize automatic braking to prevent an accident.
Ford says the new system will rollout on the all-new Fiesta in Europe as well as the 2018 F-150 and Mustang here in North America.