This Prototype Could Protect Drivers From Blinding High Beams

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Sep 12, 2014
References: cmu.edu & gizmag
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing an experimental headlight system that could be used to keep oncoming drivers from being blinded by your high beams.

The system uses a special digital light processing projector that splits the high beams into a million separate beams, each of which is controllable via the onboard microprocessor.

The camera has the ability to detect multiple oncoming vehicles at regular highway speeds and either dim or disable the high beams that would otherwise be shining right into drivers' eyes and blinding them. The system is able to make decisions based on the camera's real-time output, rather than having to use predictive algorithms. The time lag between detecting a vehicle and dimming the lights is no more than 2.5 milliseconds.

The researchers hope to make the technology compact enough to be embedded into regular-sized headlights.