Soon to debut on the Mercedes-Benz, the Night View Plus Assist can identify humans as well as an impressive array of road-wandering animals.
Although in-car night-vision systems were developed 13 years ago, they have been limited to identifying only pedestrians. This is because the wide range of animal sizes and shapes makes it much harder to develop a system able to pick them out. To address this problem (every year US drivers alone strike about a million deer), the Night View Plus Assist was developed with a thermal infrared camera that scans for warm-blooded animals outside of headlight range. A near-infrared windshield camera captures a vision of the open read, and a central control unit merges the data and cross-references the image against 150 parameters.
When an animal, human or otherwise, wanders too close to the road, they system will show it on an in-dash display. If a collision seems imminent, the system will sound an alarm and pre-charge the car’s brakes.
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