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Future Ford Vehicles May Use Driver’s Gaze To Steer Headlamps

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for adaptively steered vehicle headlamps that rely on driver gaze and head direction which may be used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on January 5th, 2023, published on July 11th, 2024, and assigned serial number 0227663.

Ford Patent Adaptively Steered Vehicle Headlamps Using Driver Gaze And Head Direction

The Ford Authority Take

Ford has introduced a few interesting ideas revolving around adaptive features in recent months, filing patents for concepts such as adaptive puddle lights that would be capable of displaying all different types of images, as well as an automatic drive mode lighting system that would tie the operation of a vehicle’s auxiliary lighting systems to its selected drive mode. Now, this newly published patent adds another to that list – this time, an idea for adaptively steered vehicle headlamps that rely on driver gaze and head direction which may be used in future Ford vehicles, too.

Ford Patent Adaptively Steered Vehicle Headlamps Using Driver Gaze And Head Direction

Current adaptive headlights are capable of turning as the vehicle approaches a curve or turns a corner, shedding light on areas where the vehicle is traveling at any given moment. However, as Ford notes in this patent, there are times when that sort of thing may not be ideal – including at an intersection or when traveling along a curvy stretch of road. Additionally, users may want to illuminate portions of the side of the road to see if there’s an animal or other object there.

Ford Patent Adaptively Steered Vehicle Headlamps Using Driver Gaze And Head Direction

As such, the automaker proposes tying headlight operation to one’s eye gaze or the direction their head is turned in at any given moment, which could prove useful in some cases. Regardless, this patent also notes that the system could be configured so that it could be turned on and off based on user preference, and it would have a built-in timer so that the direction of the lights returns to normal after a set period of time, too.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. John

    Please don’t. That is WAY too “nanny” and just adds unwanted (and what’s now become unattainable for most customers) cost for vehicles.

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    1. David Dickinson II

      Amen!

      Reply
  2. Dale Morton

    Yup, you’re driving down the winding road, windows down, wind blow……. SQUIRREL!! Right into the tree you didn’t see on the next curve! No thanks.

    Reply
  3. mackie

    I’m usually just gazing at my phone screen…….

    Reply

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