Since I was having such a good time in my BMW, might as well take it to the streets after dark. BMW’s Night Vision with Dynamic Light Spot. I have enjoyed the use of FLIR technologies in the marine applications, and night vision (here provided by Autoliv) just make sense for all vehicles if it weren’t for the prohibitively expensive hardware. But all it takes is one rogue deer to change your mind. God forbid a pedestrian.
According to BMW:
A revolution leading to even more safety at night: BMW Night Vision with Dynamic light spot detects pedestrians in the dark even from a long distance – and selectively illuminates them.
Intelligent early warning system with a bright outlook: as soon as unlit pedestrians on a collision course are detected by the remote infrared sensors, the system directs two separately controllable high-performance light spots onto them. The light very effectively warns drivers and pedestrians of a potentially hazardous situation. When the headlights are dipped, the lenses of the Dynamic light spot lamps are additionally illuminated as design elements.
With thermal imaging activated, the driver receives additional warnings in the multifunctional instrument display or in the BMW Head-Up Display (both optional). In the event of an acute hazard, an acoustic warning sounds as well, and the brakes switch to maximum stand-by mode.
Dynamic light spot is only available in the BMW 7 Series Sedan and BMW ActiveHybrid 7