LED lights help you drive better
Although the beeps and nee-naws of car alarms are irritating, they’re usually just aural wallpaper, and largely ignored. According to the US Food and Drug administration, car alarm fatigue is an actual thing – and it also means we’re becoming immune to warnings inside our cars while we’re driving.
To stop people tuning out safety warnings, US car manufacturer Continental is developing Driver Focus, which uses facial recognition and a load of LED lights to help you not drive like an idiot. When you drive your car, an infrared camera takes a note of your facial features to make sure you’re looking in the right direction.
If you’re looking at your phone, or playing air guitar, or knocking one out, the car will sound not only an alarm, but something called ‘Halo’ - LED track lighting that goes all the way round the passenger compartment. Halo also uses what Continental calls "comet" lighting to bring your eyes back onto the road.
If it works, it will be a road safety milestone - or will it just make people crash into walls while pretending to be Knight Rider?