|BMW Night Vision available in the 5 and 6 Series as of March|
|Far Infra-Red technology|
Page 1 of 2BMW Night Vision available in the 5 and 6 Series as of March
Source: BMW Group
BMW only manufacturer to offer this innovative driver assistance system in a total of five model series. BMW Night Vision, the innovative driver assistance system introduced in the 7 Series in autumn 2005, is available from March 2006 also in the 5 Series Saloon, 5 Series Touring, 6 Series Coupé, and 6 Series Convertible. BMW thus offers this technology for extra safety at night not just in the top-of-the-range model, but also - as the only manufacturer - in a total of five model series, in this way making BMW Night Vision available to a large group of customers.
Infra-red technology incorporating a thermal imaging camera for extra safety in the dark. Driver support and active partner protection in one.
BMW Night Vision provides a new dimension of optical perception when driving at night. A thermal imaging camera detects human beings, animals and objects in front of the car before they become visible to the human eye in the headlights. The image generated by the system is transmitted to the central Control Display within the car presenting objects detected with increasing brightness as a function of the heat detected by the camera - and therefore making human beings and animals particularly conspicuous.
The thermal imaging camera covers a range of up to 300 metres or almost 1,000 feet ahead of the car. BMW Night Vision therefore offers the customer particular benefits when driving over land, down narrow lanes, through gateways leading into courtyards, and into dark underground garages, significantly enhancing driving safety at night.
With High-Beam Assist, introduced in autumn 2005 in the 5, 6, and 7 Series, which switches the high beam on and off automatically after activation via the stalk on the steering column, and BMW Night Vision, BMW is making yet a further contribution to the enhancement of traffic safety by means of innovations in technology. Both systems assist the driver in the dark, that is in a situation which requires a particularly high level of concentration. In this way BMW Night Vision and the High-Beam Assist also offer a considerable improvement of motoring comfort.