Headlamps that pivot to see around corners are nothing new—they’ve been lurking on the fringes of mainstream autodome, with cars like the Tucker Torpedo and Citroen DS. After a long dormant period in the industry, adaptive illumination seem to be gaining currency again—Lexus and BMW have recently introduced new systems, and Ford is on the cusp of showing their own take on ‘smart’ lighting.

Ford will unveil an electronic system on a Lincoln concept at the North American International Auto Show next month. In the main, the Blue Oval system differs from its foreign competitors by not having moving parts. The speed and steering-dependent system employs a cluster of side-firing LEDs instead of a more traditional swiveling lens. Potential advantages include fewer moving parts (less mechanical wear), more compact housings, and ease of manufacturing and repair.

The system could be ferreting out roadside deer for Ford customers in as little as 36 months.


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