Apple Car could be seen have a new feature that will give it an advantage against other electric vehicle brands, including Tesla. The new technology that the Apple analysts and other experts are referring to is specifically the new infrared headlight.
However, this could still depend on the capability of the established automaker that the iPhone giant manufacturer will partner with to develop its upcoming Apple Car. Previously, Apple released a new patent that shows how the new infrared headlights work. The rumored smart lighting system is expected to be three times more effective than another car lighting in the market.
The new infrared headlight of the Apple Car will be a combination of visible light, near-infrared (NIR), and long-wave (LWIR) sensors. These features will lead to a comprehensive view of the upcoming electric automobile. Apple claimed that this would be a great innovation since most of the self-driving car brands have the same limitations as their human drivers when it comes to seeing at night. This limitation is specifically the 60-meter headlight range at night.
Apple Car’s upcoming infrared headlights
Apple said that “nighttime or low-light environments present challenges for automated vehicle control systems. For example, the illumination level provided by headlights on a vehicle at night may be limited by laws or regulations.” This means that the new Apple Car feature will be really helpful to solve the light limitations.
Apple added that the road limitations will prevent the effective range of a visible spectrum sensor, such as a camera used for detecting objects in or near the path of the vehicle. Having a limited effective range, which is about 60 meters, for detecting and or classifying objects can reduce safety and/or reduce the speed at which the vehicle can travel safely. The new infrared headlights of Apple Car will also be excluded from certain laws and restrictions since they only apply to visible light.
How effective are the new infrared headlights
The new infrared headlights of Apple’s upcoming EV are expected to detect any obstacle in the road at a distance of 650 feet away. This innovation can achieve this through the combination of multiple complementary image sensing technologies. Apple explained that they can be employed to address the challenges at nighttime or low-light environment object detection and classification.
On the other hand, Apple’s previous patent also said that the new feature of its upcoming EV will provide the highest resolution since near-infrared provides the greatest range. Aside from these, the giant manufacturer also explained that the long-wave infrared provides the widest field of view. As of the moment, there are some electric cars that use infrared imaging to provide the additional range to the driver’s view of the road ahead, highlighting pedestrians and other hazards that lay beyond the range of the headlights.
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