This fall — right in time for deer season — Mercedes-Benz will introduce Night View Plus on the 2014 S-Class. Designed by Swedish safety-system company Autoliv, the system identifies people, but also cows, moose, horses, deer, camels, and even wild boar.
When an animal or pedestrian is detected, the systems highlights it on an in-dash display. If if the animal or pedestrian is dangerously close, an alarm sounds and the car’s brakes are activated. The European version even includes a tracking spotlight that shines a beam on live obstacles, however U.S. regulators have not approved that feature.
Embedded in the car’s grill is a thermal, far-infrared camera that scans for warm-blooded animals that are out of the normal range of the headlights. On the windshield, a near-infrared camera takes an image of the road. A central control board combines that data, then cross-references the image with approximately 150 parameters to eliminate false positives.
As someone who drives around with a huge dent in their truck, compliments of a spooked whitetail doe, I welcome this system with open arms. Now, if I could only afford a Mercedes…
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