Next BMW night vision system can detect humans in the dark

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The next BMW 7-Series is going to be graced with some serious driving technology. While the image above doesn’t appear to have anything like the picture quality of Mercedes’ NightVision Assist, BMW’s offering will have some other features that you probably won’t find this side of a special ops base.

The second-gen night vision system will be able to detect humans in the road because it will use thermal imaging. It will alert the driver of human impediments up to 100 meters ahead, and it won’t be confused by humans on the sidewalk. If a collision is imminent, a flashing warning triangle will appear on the screen and the heads-up display.

European versions of the car won’t have to rely on navigation software to know the speed limit of a given road. A camera behind the rear-view mirror will read street sings in any country that is signed to the Vienna Convention — which doesn’t include the U.S. That function will work in any weather, even fog. It won’t limit the speed of the car, but it will warn the driver if his or her speed is excessive. Word is they are considering naming the system “Hal.” Thanks for the tip, Chris!

[Source: BMWblog]

The camera found in the Night-Vision-system will be improved as well, featuring a better resolution and improved object-recognition. The system will warn the driver if he is in danger of a collision with any detected object or human. To test this technique they test drove over 250.000 kilometers at night, so the error margins are pretty slim. That’s pretty impressive I would say.

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