11.10.17

Mitsubishi car safety system uses projectors to light up the road ahead

mitsubishi road safety projections
Mitsubishi's system uses projectors to shine arrows onto the road behind when it is about to reverse

Mitsubishi Electric has revealed its Safe and Secure Lighting system, which uses road-surface projections and car-body displays to inform pedestrians and other drivers about the vehicle's movements and actions.

The system projects large, easy-to-understand illuminated signals that are projected in clear view of pedestrians and other vehicles.

Using a combination of road-surface projections and car-body displays, the systems effectively alerts others when the driver intends to travel in reverse or open a door. The natural actions of the driver automatically quickly activate the system, ensuring adequate time for passersby and vehicles to react.

According to research, 60% of pedestrian fatalities on roads occur at night, so illuminated projections that are clearly visible to pedestrians in the dark are expected to help reduce such fatalities.

Also, the actions of future autonomous-driving vehicles could be difficult for others to interpret, so extra-intuitive displays that use illumination could help to communicate the actions of such vehicles effectively.