The Technology behind Night Vision
Seeing is Believing
In 2008, Autoliv launched Pedestrian Detection, which uses sophisticated software to analyze the scene ahead and highlight pedestrians and cyclists via the on-board screen or head up display. While headlights can provide good illumination, objects at distances beyond 40 yards are usually not seen by a driver at night. Studies have shown that the risk for fatal pedestrian accidents is almost four times greater at night than during the day*, and each year more than 40,000 pedestrians are killed at night. Night Vision can help reduce those numbers.
Autoliv’s infrared camera scans the road for pedestrians up to four times farther than the headlight range. To provide an extra margin of safety, the system will also analyze the scene content and vehicle dynamics to determine if the pedestrian is at risk of being hit by the vehicle. Warnings are activated with enough time for the driver to react when a pedestrian moves into the vehicle’s path.
Launching on 2014 vehicles, Autoliv presents the world's first Night Vision system with Animal Detection to further promote safe night driving. The third generation technology will not only detect pedestrians and animals, by alerting the driver audibly, through the image display, and/or the vehicle head up display.
*Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration> To see how it works on Audi, click here