BMW 7-Series to get Infrared-Detection System

Beginning later this year, BMW will offer a thermal imaging system on its 7 Series that will allow drivers to see living beings (and hot-dog trucks open for business) on an LCD screen, long before they come into view unassisted. Known as BMW Night Vision, the system works in the same way some military-issue night-vision goggles detect heat sources and register them as light, using Far Infrared (FIR) technology. Objects that are directly in front will register brighter than objects to the sides, in an area of up to 300 meters ahead of the vehicle. The system will be available in 7 Series models in fourth quarter 2005.

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