Since their debut 13 years ago, in-car night-vision systems, which identify pedestrians approaching a roadway, have arguably made driving safer. But they come with a pretty big blind spot: animals. Each year, drivers in the U.S. strike about a million deer, causing 27,000 human injuries and $3.5 billion in damage. This fall, Swedish safety-system company Autoliv and Mercedes-Benz will roll out Night View Assist Plus on the 2014 S-Class. The system identifies people but also picks out cows, moose, horses, deer, camels, and even wild boar.
Night View Assist Plus merges data from two cameras to create an illuminated view of what's ahead. When an animal or pedestrian nears a roadway, the system highlights it on an in-dash display, and, if danger is imminent, sounds an alarm and pre-charges the car's brakes. There's one feature U.S. regulators have yet to approve, though: In the European version, a spotlight shines a tracking beam onto live obstacles in the road, making them almost impossible to miss.
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This article originally appeared in the September 2013 issue of Popular Science.
Kind of takes the sport out of hunting that way doesn't it?
I drive in the country and see thousands of animals killed (by cars and trucks) and it really is something that we ought to reduce.
Where I live,the problem is deer suddenly leaping onto the road,and they move damn fast.No infrared system is going to help that.
There’s one feature U.S. regulators have yet to approve, though: In the European version, a spotlight shines a tracking beam onto live obstacles in the road, making them almost impossible to miss.
I would like to see that in action. Any video's?
Does anyone know how I can make contact with the Mercedes development team? I have software that will recognise shapes in these infra red images... see foveola (dot) com
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Yea, your totally right bout that, but that's like if anything jumped at you hahah.. I heard the guys that create this can have a pretty cool long distance (football field length) and with a wide range to catch animals.
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I'd buy that as an aftermarket accessory. It probably would have seen two of the three deer I hit, and almost every one I've seen, but animals wear camo. It should work in daylight as well. I mainly need just two species in the recognition program.