BMW’s innovative Night Vision system that uses infrared technology to allow the driver to see further than current headlight range is now available on the BMW 5 and 6 Series.
First appearing in the UK in the 7 Series in October 2005, ahead of any system from rival manufacturers, Night Vision uses a Far Infrared (FIR) thermal imaging camera to ‘see’ heat-emitting objects. BMW’s Night Vision creates an image of pedestrians, animals or other heat-emitting objects at distances of up to 300m - far further than any other system currently on offer and further than the 150m range of xenon headlights. The ‘lit’ images are then projected onto the iDrive screen.
BMW believes its system is superior to rival manufacturers as the images shown are only those that emit the most heat and so stand out far better in a driver’s peripheral vision. The system means drivers do not have to take their eyes off the road and it is particularly effective on long stretches of unlit road or motorway.
Night Vision is available now on BMW 5, 6 and 7 Series models and costs £1,385*.
*Ordered in conjunction with Professional navigation.Published 24 March 2006