Rain, fog or shine, there’s no missing the new concept car from Ford. It uses LED lights to change body colours, intensity and glows brighter if another car is too close.
Rain, fog or shine, there’s no missing the new concept car from Ford. It uses light-emitting diodes (LED) lights to change body colours, intensity and glows brighter if another car is too close.
The GloCar is part of the National Design Triennial: Inside Design Now exhibit on display at the National Design Museum in Detroit.
The car, developed by Ford’s Brand Imaging Group, is made of injection-moulded translucent plastic panels. It is built around a lightweight aluminum space frame and is powered by fuel cell technology.
The LED lights change the body panel colour, intensity and frequency in response to safety conditions and user preferences. There is no need to paint the car because of the glowing panels.
Laurens van den Acker, chief designer at Ford’s Brand Imaging Group, explains that the GloCar can be seen in the dark from every angle, not just the head- and taillights. He said they decided to create the car because 60 per cent of accidents in the United States happen at intersections at night.
“The soft glowing panels serve as a safety feature to make you very visible at night,” said Van den Acker said. “The rear panel doubles as a brake light, and the side panels as flickers. When somebody comes too close, the panels increase in intensity, signalling the driver to keep a distance.
“The GloCar projects an image of concern, safety, intelligence and lightness and takes the car from an aggressor to a protector,” said Van den Acker. “Imagine hundreds of GloCars brightening up a city. It shows a future where cars become more intelligent and optimistic.”
Original article from Car