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Researchers At Carnegie Mellon Working To Develop ‘Smart Headlights’

credit: Carnegie Mellon Univ.

credit: Carnegie Mellon Univ.

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By Ian Bush

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Sun glare is one thing, but many of us really hate driving through a rain or snowstorm, especially at night. Intel is working with researchers at one Pennsylvania college to make it less of a white-knuckle ride.

When it’s pouring after dark…

“You see all these rain streaks coming at you — bright, flickering streaks.”

Courtesy of your car’s headlights, which are lighting them along with the road, says Carnegie Mellon robotics professor Srinivasa Narasimhan.

“We are going to figure out how to stream light in between the raindrops or snowflakes so you don’t see the weather in front of you.”

In a video on the university’s website, Narasimhan shows the camera that reads the precipitation, the computer that predicts where it’ll fall in the next milliseconds, and a projector that streams the light in between the flakes or drops:

“Now you don’t see the rain at all.”

Now, they have to make the ‘smart headlight’ smaller and faster before it’s road ready.