RUESSELSHEIM (GERMANY ) – General Motors’ subsidiary Opel is working on adaptive car headlamp beams that are directed by the driver’s eyes.
The manufacturer said on Wednesday it had been working on the technology for two years at its Ruesselsheim, Germany headquarters, together with scientists from Darmstadt Technical University.
It was too soon to say when production versions would be fitted to future models, said a spokesman.
The headlights use a single video camera fitted inside the vehicle along with sophisticated software and a battery of peripheral infrared sensors and photo-diodes.
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The camera can scan the driver’s eyes more than 50 times per second at night and uses a complex algorithm to figure out where the driver is looking.
Opel said the camera makes adjustments in order to compensate for a driver’s natural tendency to jump from one focal point to another. (dpa/NAN)