Toward Smart Automotive Headlights for Safe Driving

The long-term goal of the project is to develop the next generation headlights for vehicles, that are programmable, multi-task, react to the road environment and enhance driver safety. These smart headlights will better illuminate the road, spotlight obstacles, signs and lanes, project directions on the road, reduce glare and increase visibility in dangerous rain and snowstorms. The U.S. National Highway Safety Administration reports that annually hundreds of thousands of crashes and thousands of fatalities happen during rain and snowstorms at night. The additional cost of the headlight will be small (a few hundred dollars per vehicle at high volumes) compared to the direct and indirect savings due to reduced crashes. The project has strong commercialization potential, with vehicle exterior lighting becoming more and more adaptive recently. For 2013, the goal is to design and build an initial prototype headlight with high-speed reaction capability and algorithms for better and safer driving experience. This prototype is tested in the laboratory and outdoors.

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    • This document was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
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    Carnegie Mellon University

    Pittsburgh, PA  United States 

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Narasimhan, Srinivasa G
    • Tamburo, Robert
    • Rowe, Anthony
    • Umapathi, Vivek
    • Vo, Minh
    • Achar, Supreeth
    • Kanade, Takeo
    • Yang, Feng
    • Chen, Mei
    • Nurvitadhi, Eriko
  • Publication Date: 2018-3-29


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 13p

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  • Accession Number: 01666056
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: Apr 16 2018 11:20AM