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Old 02-22-2006, 02:40 PM   #1
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Night Vision for 5 & 6 Series

http://www.cartoday.com/content/news...ge.asp?in=7799

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BMW’s Night Vision technology, first introduced in the 7 Series late last year, is now offered as an option in the 5 and 6 Series.

Munich’s engineering buffs have used far infra-red technology (FIR) and a thermal imaging camera in their night vision system. The camera allows the device to cover a range of up to 300 metres, which allows a faster response time to possible hazards.

Once people, animals or objects are detected, the object becomes brighter as the distance between it and the car decreases. FIR cannot dazzle, or be dazzled by, other vehicles fitted with similar technologies, and is also unaffected by highly reflective road objects. BMW estimates that at a speed of 100 km/h, a driver would have an extra five seconds to respond to any danger.

High contrast black-and-white images are projected on the central control display unit for the driver to glance at. Images are nondescript and avoid details that may distract the driver.

Furthermore, BMW claims that placing the system in the instrument panel or within the Head-Up Display was considered, but rejected for “ergonomic reasons”. The manufacturer added that glancing at the central display unit is comparable to checking the driver’s interior mirror.

BMW Night Vision in the 5, 6 and 7 Series costs R20 000 and is only available with BMW’s professional navigation system, standard on the 6 and 7 Series.
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Old 02-22-2006, 02:50 PM   #2
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eh id rather have it on a heads up display
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Old 02-22-2006, 03:11 PM   #3
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Old 02-22-2006, 03:11 PM   #4
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eh id rather have it on a heads up display
You can buy "HUD" units from BM Town - they run about $200 US.
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Old 02-22-2006, 03:44 PM   #5
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kick ass. It doesn't have as much data as I like but it has given me an idea. More reaerch is needed.
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Old 02-22-2006, 07:11 PM   #6
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You can buy "HUD" units from BM Town - they run about $200 US.
It's only a $1,000 option to get HUD on 5s, 6s, and the new M5.

Although....Mercedes did this to the new S500, and Fifth Gear hated it.
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Old 02-22-2006, 11:02 PM   #7
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It's only a $1,000 option to get HUD on 5s, 6s, and the new M5.

Although....Mercedes did this to the new S500, and Fifth Gear hated it.
But see, that works, because I also hate Fifth Gear.

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i believe cadillac was the first to do this actually.. they used a HUD system and camera's mounted in the grill if i remember correctly.
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Old 02-27-2006, 10:40 PM   #11
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i believe cadillac was the first to do this actually.. they used a HUD system and camera's mounted in the grill if i remember correctly.
I thought Lexus was the first to bring HUD (Heads Up Display) to market, projecting all dash/instruments onto lower windsheild.
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I thought Lexus was the first to bring HUD (Heads Up Display) to market, projecting all dash/instruments onto lower windsheild.
Actually.........

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GM was the first automaker to make HUD commercially available on vehicles, and DuPont is the industry leader in this technology, with a large majority of market share. DuPont Automotive also serves as a development partner for Tier One suppliers, providing world-class manufacturing and technical service support through every step of the process.
http://www.dupont.com/safetyglass/en...ts/hud_gm.html
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actualy. the military was the first to do it... but whos counting

see we can all play the "me first" game
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actualy. the military was the first to do it... but whos counting

see we can all play the "me first" game
Actually....

I wasn't trying to do that....but I was bored. And tried to make it a challenging game for myself. Because I was bored.

Soooo, yeah. I learned something new too.

I was thinking it was either Pontiac Grand Prix GTP (they have HUD), Corvettes, or Cadillac (because I've seen commercials of the night vision before).
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