Are heated headlights the next-level safety highlights to look forward to?
As the world enters the winter months, at least in the northern hemisphere, the perennial problem of fogged-out headlights is all set to make a comeback on many cars. And with daylight shortening in duration, this once again could potentially hinder vision in low-light conditions. Now, a German company has given glimpse at a possible solution that, if it does find application in mass-market cars, could solve this particular issue. Give a warm round of applause to heated headlights.
Canatu, a German material science company, has been instrumental in showcasing the technology in concept form recently and this gets a specially-made wrap over the front units which may be capable of negating built-up fog due to cold conditions while also clearing debris. The company claims that this and other sensors for application inside cars could solve winter-specific problems that may otherwise compromise safety.
A report in AutomotiveIQ highlights that Canatu's rather simple yet ingenious measures could remove the need for mechanical controls to fight off weather-related conditions that threaten safety. It notes that because LED headlights common in cars of today don't generate heat, it may not serve the dual purpose of de-fogging. It is here that the specially-designed film and 3D sensors could come to the rescue, capable of functioning in all-weather conditions. The film in particular is claimed to be transparent, stretchable and formable which ensures that it can be applied to surfaces of almost every design and shape possible.
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At a time when features like heated seats, heated steering wheels and even heated gear knobs are becoming common in high-end cars, a simple application of a special film like the concept showcased by Canatu could indeed come as a viable option for enhanced safety in cold and/or low-light conditio