To the human eye, rain looks like as elongated streaks that seem to fill the air. But to high-speed cameras, rain consists of sparsely spaced, discrete drops. That leaves plenty of space between the drops where light can be effectively distributed if the ‘smart’ headlight system can respond rapidly.
“If you’re driving in a thunderstorm, the smart headlights will make it seem like it’s a drizzle,” says Srinivasa Narasimhan, associate professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University.
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