Smart Headlights for Driver Safety

The primary goal of a vehicular headlight is to improve safety in low-light and poor weather conditions. The typical headlight however has very limited flexibility - switching between high and low beams, turning off beams toward the opposing lane or rotating the beam as the vehicle turns - and is not designed for all driving environments. Thus, despite decades of innovation in light source technology, more than half of the vehicular accidents still happen at night even with very less traffic on the road. This projct will develop a new design for a headlight that can be programmed to perform several tasks simultaneously and that can sense, react and adapt quickly to any environment with the goal of increasing safety for all drivers on the road. For example, drivers will be able to drive with high-beams without glaring any other driver and will be able to see better during rain and snowstorms when the road is most treacherous to drive. The headlights can also increase contrast of lanes, markings and sidewalks and can alert drivers to sudden obstacles. This project will address the several engineering challenges in building this headlight and develop appropriate algorithms for the various tasks. Then, the prototypes will be deployed on vehicles and road tested to determine the safety benefits to drivers in a wide range of environmental conditions.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $75000.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Pittsburgh, PA  United States 

    Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation University Transportation Center

    Carnegie Mellon University
    Pittsburgh, PA  United States  15213
  • Project Managers:

    Ehrlichman, Courtney

  • Principal Investigators:

    Narasimhan, Srinivasa

  • Start Date: 20130101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20141231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 36209

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01517370
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12GUTG11
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 7 2014 1:00AM