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Posted by Michael Zaleski on September 14, 1998 at 06:18:03 PM EDT:

For those who drive at night, or who have trouble
driving at night, a new technology is coming down the
road that I thought might be of interest.

In the 10/98 Car and Driver magazine and the 9/7/98
issue of Autoweek, there are brief blurbs on the new
infared night vision system that Cadillac will be
offering on its 2000 Sedan de Ville at a cost of
approximately $2000.

The basic idea is that an infared sensor mounted atop
the hood sees two to three times further down the road
than the headlights and projects a heads up display
onto the windscreen using a display with 16 shades of
grey. The infared system works by detecting minute
differences in temperature and can be useful in
identifying people, animals, etc. The actual range
varies with the topography of where you are driving,
but if nothing else you can see curves earlier. (Of
course, you can't see around curves.)

The system is supposedly so good that you could drive
the car without the headlights, although the system
does not allow that. One especially interesting
aspect of the system is that headlights of oncoming
vehicles are converted to black dots against the
vista of the scenery ahead of you.

I am very curious to see this system in action. Since
it sees through vegatation, it can be used to identify
such annoying hazards as deer.

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: For those who drive at night, or who have trouble : driving at night, a new technology is coming down the : road that I thought might be of interest. : In the 10/98 Car and Driver magazine and the 9/7/98 : issue of Autoweek, there are brief blurbs on the new : infared night vision system that Cadillac will be : offering on its 2000 Sedan de Ville at a cost of : approximately $2000. : The basic idea is that an infared sensor mounted atop : the hood sees two to three times further down the road : than the headlights and projects a heads up display : onto the windscreen using a display with 16 shades of : grey. The infared system works by detecting minute : differences in temperature and can be useful in : identifying people, animals, etc. The actual range : varies with the topography of where you are driving, : but if nothing else you can see curves earlier. (Of : course, you can't see around curves.) : The system is supposedly so good that you could drive : the car without the headlights, although the system : does not allow that. One especially interesting : aspect of the system is that headlights of oncoming : vehicles are converted to black dots against the : vista of the scenery ahead of you. : I am very curious to see this system in action. Since : it sees through vegatation, it can be used to identify : such annoying hazards as deer.

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