Intel and Carnegie Mellon University have come together to alleviate driver’s struggles with driving at night in the rain.
Using a processor and a bulb similar to a projector, a car’s headlights will be able to determine where rain drops are about to fall. Then, the projector-like headlights will block light from hitting the raindrops as they head into the driver’s line of sight, minimizing the potential for an obscured view while driving.
Should this technology take off, it will certainly increase the price of headlights, since the parts to create projector style bulbs will be more expensive. That being said, Intel has suggested these headlights will not hit cars for about a decade, adding to an increasing bevy of safety features in cars. Although, by that time, it could be a moot point if Google gets its self-driving cars on the road.