LED lights help you drive better

26 February 2013

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?

TOPICS:   Technology   Motoring   Consumer Advice


  • klingelton
    Drivers still won't look out for motorcycles, push bikes and kids crossing the road.
  • Clinton
    I'm just waiting for a mate
  • Dr Z.
    I believe KIT used to wank Michael off whilst he was at the wheel. I don't know if it focused his mind though.
  • Yue
    @klingelton The day that motorcyclists stop acting like twats on the road will be the day they stop dying on the road. Stop blaming drivers that are paying attention where they are supposed to be paying attention. Having seen 2 near misses on the way home tonight neither were the fault of drivers. As for push bikes and kids, bad parenting, not teaching their little darlings that the roads are dangerous places.
  • Mr M.
    I can't wait for the french to have a crack at this in their cars...
  • Dai
    You forgot the now traditional link to the place you badly ripped the story off from. Three stars, would not read again.
  • Auto S.
    Its interesting that LED fitting in our car gives us better thinking to choose options and helps in better driving.

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