Multimedia

Light bright, making things with infrared light

Posted by: Mark Bilek

Night VisionThere's no arguing that today's vehicles are extremely safe. Technology has made sure of that, what with antilock brakes, airbags, blind-spot alert, lane-departure warning, back-up cameras . . . the list goes on and on. One oft-forgotten safety feature that not only helps keep occupants safe but also helps keep pedestrians safe is night vision.

Pioneered by General Motors and Raytheon and first seen in the 2000 Cadillac deVille and Concours, NightVision utilizes an infrared camera and a dashboard display to paint a fairly well-detailed black & white picture the road ahead. Because it utilizes differences in temperature to define objects, people and animals appear as bright shapes and trees and houses are somewhat subdued.

From behind the wheel, night vision can initially be a little overwhelming. However, drivers quickly learn to process the additional information and night vision then provides a driver with valuable information about the path ahead well in front of the headlamps' illumination range. Cadillac owners raved about the system, but we're put off by the high cost.

Though Cadillac no longer offers night vision on its vehicles, similar systems can be found in Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi vehicles. These systems have been refined and improved to actually identify pedestrians and warn when a pedestrian is in danger of impact. By creating a flash of light and warning icon, drivers can keep their eyes focused on the road.

Autoliv, producer of night vision systems for Audi and BMW vehicles is attempting to further improve night vision systems by allowing it to identify and warn of potential animal impacts. That's a big deal to people here in the Midwest, where deer roam the interstates at night and are responsible for more than 1.7 million animal-to-auto impacts nationwide.

What does this mean to the auverage car buyer?

Not much if you're in the market for a $15,000 Ford Focus. But costs for this technology are quickly coming down and that means night vision should be available in more mainstream automobiles in the near future. If you haven't had the opportunity to see night vision in action, it's worth a look.

NightVision2

« Last Post Next Post »

View all Posts from this Blog

Follow Us Socially Using #CAS15

Blog

More

Thursday, February, 26, 2015

Top 5 Epic Social Media Moments of #CAS15

While there were many “epic” (as we say in Chicago) memories of the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, here are a ...

Friday, February, 20, 2015

And That's a Wrap for Chicago Auto Show Interns

Each year, the Chicago Auto Show interviews and selects students from Bradley University in Peoria to serve as ...

Friday, February, 20, 2015

Kia Puts the B.R.A.K.E.S. On

Walking through the Chicago Auto Show many driving simulators are featured throughout the show room floor. ...

Friday, February, 20, 2015

More Than an Auto Show

Bike, riding, scrapbooking, traveling, baking….I have many hobbies, but cars is not one of them. So as you ...

Thursday, February, 19, 2015

Throw Back Thursday: Alfa Romeo

While many of the displays found at the Chicago Auto Show focus on future of the automotive industry, Alfa Romeo ...

Thursday, February, 19, 2015

Land Rover Takes Attendees Around the World

Visitors to the 2015 Chicago Auto Show can journey around the world when they visit Land Rover’s display at ...

Thursday, February, 19, 2015

Lexus Concept Bike Perfect Topper

The Lexus display at this year’s Chicago Auto Show is all about fluid motion – and not just for our ...

Thursday, February, 19, 2015

Chevrolet Believes the Possibilities are Endless

Chevrolet wants to make a difference for the future of the world with their “Possibilities Project.” It ...

Thursday, February, 19, 2015

By Infiniti and Beyond

The future of car prototype creation sits inside the Infiniti lounge at this year’s show. The possibilities ...

Thursday, February, 19, 2015

Honda's Power of Dreams

Honda’s “Racing Experience” exhibit celebrates 50 years of racing heritage at the 2015 Chicago ...

More

3/4/2015 2:09:48 PM

www.facebook.com/appsts.net

3/4/2015 1:54:01 PM

The 600-hp Ford GT will be available in the U.S. on...http://usat.ly/1wI838j

3/4/2015 7:40:00 AM

Who got the chance to see this striking Viper while at this year's Chicago Auto Show? (photo credit: Byung Kyu Jeon

3/3/2015 5:10:01 PM

Which Hyundai vehicle was your favorite? http://www.hyundailikesunday.com/2015/02/26/2015-chicago-auto-show-recap/

3/3/2015 12:58:13 PM

The Chicago Auto Show Changed their cover photo.

3/3/2015 9:49:40 AM

#TriviaTuesday! Guess the year of this Chevrolet convertible

3/2/2015 9:10:51 AM

Elliott Bambrough got an insider's look at the Chrysler 200S at The Chicago Auto Show. Take a look:

3/1/2015 8:28:00 AM

With 18 world premieres, it was hard to keep tabs on everything that occurred during our Media Preview. If you missed it, here's the unveiling of the Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition! http://youtu.be/6LTfkF3cdp0

2/28/2015 2:10:25 PM

2015 #Toyota #4Runner #TRDpro Series - 2014 The Chicago Auto Show: http://bit.ly/1wz2pQa | Toyota USA | Cars.com | #CAS15

2/28/2015 9:22:01 AM

Hank The Robot - always a big hit in the Ford Motor Company display! http://youtu.be/sl0NXDoOxjQ

More

3/4/2015 1:20:49 PM

Front of the #Acura #NSX #Hybrid #Supercar #CAS15 loving it's designed https://t.co/VwKZFsv6uv

3/4/2015 12:40:25 PM

RT @redeyechicago: The Willis Tower is for sale. So, could it get a new name? http://t.co/OzSD4bxtLD

3/4/2015 11:19:00 AM

RT @chevrolet: America’s most popular sports car is turning heads at #CAS15. #Camaro #FindNewRoads http://t.co/emd7mqnHrr

3/4/2015 10:58:50 AM

The @Ford #FordGT will be available in the U.S. on...http://t.co/z0L9KJ9xwQ - via @USATODAY

3/4/2015 10:54:24 AM

RT @ThatFatGirlDana: Check out @MrJayWashington with @EducatedNsanity at #CAS15 now and listen at 5pm central on http://t.co/p7d4hyRmsz

3/4/2015 10:21:46 AM

Daily Motoring News is out! http://t.co/dLM7YIdnTE Stories via @LAPSINC @ChiAutoShow @acprocold

3/4/2015 9:26:19 AM

RT @Fieldstone46: Top Dozent Joely Tafanalo bringt komplexe Inhalte einfach rueber #cas15 #crossmedia @toughmedia http://t.co/utQZwbNLC4

3/4/2015 9:25:32 AM

RT @Fieldstone46: Web-Design: Farbige Verlaeufe sind verpönt. Hoert auf damit. #cas15 #crossmedia @toughmedia

3/4/2015 9:19:13 AM

RT @Kia: Adventure on repeat! #KiaTrailster #CAS15 #ad @Kia https://t.co/UxeEPZcIBz