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"The photo shows this week the Night Vision system in use. It makes the information easier to see in the head-up display, while night driving is more comfortable and less prone to accidents.

One quarter of all serious auto accidents occur in the evening or at night. To help solve this problem, Siemens VDO Automotive has developed an infrared system that is ready for market launch and enables the driver to see objects in the dark up to 150 meters in front of the car. The Night Vision system generates a video image that can be viewed in the head-up display or on a TFT cockpit monitor, helping users to see clearly even in the dark.

Night Vision works with two different systems, depending on the design requirements of the car manufacturer. In the near-infrared system, two inconspicuous infrared emitters are integrated into the headlights. The light they produce is captured by a small camera mounted close to the rear-view mirror. The second version, which operates in the long-wave spectral range, uses a high-resolution infrared camera mounted behind the radiator grille. Using a wavelength of six to twelve micrometers, it captures the infrared heat radiation in the vehicle’s surrounding and displays it as a negative image of the real world: The street and buildings are dark, while living objects are bright.

Siemens is the first automotive supplier to develop an electronic pedestrian marking prototype and is currently working on a pedestrian recognition system. it will still take some time before these special features are ready for market launch. However, preliminary development of an exclusively video-supported Night Vision version has been completed and could be ready for series production in 2008 as part of a network of driver assistance systems."
 

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The system you describe is probably much more advanced, but Cadillac had this on the DTS a few years ago.
 
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