Most of us drive through a heavy downpour and look out of our windshields screaming: “Why does it have to be this way???!” There is, however, a tiny slice of the population — those with a tech and engineering savviness — who sit back during that same downpour and think to themselves calmly: “It doesn’t have to be this way, and I have an idea.”
Researchers at Intel and Carnegie Mellon University have developed a state-of-the-art headlight capable of making raindrops and snowflakes disappear. Popular Science reports: “Each headlight projects not just a single beam, but a grid of several tiny beams (that’s how the different-colored pixels are projected on the screen when there’s actually an image being shown). A camera behind the projector watches for raindrops, and a processor predicts their paths. Then the projector blocks out just the part of the grid where the rain is falling, darkening just the pixels in its way. Presto: a rainless view.”
Estimations are this technology will be ready to install in new cars in approximately 10 years. Another amazing example of how technology is solving everyday problems that we didn’t even think were solvable. In the meantime, the next time it’s pouring buckets from the sky and you still don’t have a pair of those high tech headlights, press play on CHROMATICS’s album Night Drive and make those raindrops a little more manageable. Hey, whatever works.