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Opel has announced that its engineers are busy developing a third generation adaptive headlight with eye-tracking technology to enhance its AFL+ and LED matrix systems.

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“We’ve been pursuing this concept of controlling the direction and intensity of light based on where the driver is looking for around two years. The more we understand the benefits of this technology, the more intensively we push ahead with our joint project.” said Opel Lighting Technology Director Ingolf Schneider.

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It is said that initially, a simple webcam was used to focus on the driver’s head, scanning prominent points such as the nose and eyes, to detect movements and driver’s line of sight.

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After a breakthrough in a software system recently, the camera is now equipped with peripheral infra-red sensors and central photo-diodes enabling it to scan the driver’s eyes more than 50 times per second in all conditions.

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“Another major benefit is that the eye-tracker doesn’t have to be individually calibrated for a particular driver. The system works perfectly with anyone behind the wheel, no matter what their size.” Schneider added.

 



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