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Monday, July 18, 2005

BMW adds super-vision to night driving

South African roads present their own unique challenges at night with cattle, goats and pedestrians - even the odd broken-down truck being repaired on lonely country roads.

The problem is worse at night and this, BMW says, is where night vision technology comes in.

BMW claims that its new 7 Series is the first production car to feature a far infra-red night vision system, used in conjunction with the new high-beam "assist" function to make night driving safer.

A thermal imaging camera covers a distance of up to 300m in front of the vehicle to create an image of objects out of range of the headlights.