Night View Assist Plus: the third eye
At night on unlit or poorly lit roads, obstacles may only be noticed at the last minute. Using its infrared camera, Night View Assist shows the road ahead on the display in the instrument cluster, thus providing greater safety when driving at night. As a result, the driver has a clear long-distance view of the road, including other road users and any obstacles; he can be made aware of critical situations earlier and, consequently, can react to them more rapidly.
Using its infrared camera, Night View Assist shows the road ahead in a brighter light on the display in the instrument cluster, thus providing greater safety when driving at night.
An infrared camera shows the road as if the main beam were switched on – without, however, dazzling the oncoming traffic. When Night View Assist is activated, the display in the instrument cluster changes from the standard dial-type speedometer display to one showing the Night View Assist view – the vehicle speed is then shown on a bar graph speedometer at the bottom of the instrument cluster.
The Night View Assist Plus system is capable of detecting pedestrians and animals in potentially hazardous positions in front of the vehicle. Any pedestrians or animals detected ahead are clearly highlighted in colour in the crystal-sharp night view image. The spotlight function is additionally used to repeatedly flash pedestrians in the warning zone in these situations by means of a special module in the front headlamps.
Anything which would otherwise remain in darkness, Night View Assist will, at the touch of a button, display perfectly positioned in the driver's field of vision. Whenever driving at night, the video image helps both to identify in good time and to react appropriately to 'warm' objects such as people and animals and 'cold' obstacles such as stones or loads which have fallen from other vehicles - a considerable advantage over traditional thermal imaging systems which are unable to recognise 'cold' obstacles.
At over 150 metres, the infrared light's range is about twice that of, for example, the powerful bi-xenon headlamp dipped beam. This makes driving when it's dark considerably safer — with the advantage that oncoming traffic is not dazzled because infrared light is invisible to the human eye. The stretch of road illuminated by infrared light is filmed by an infrared camera at the top of the windscreen inside the vehicle. It 'sees' what the driver is unable to see with the naked eye and transmits what it sees as a high-contrast grey-scale image onto the multifunction display directly in the driver's field of vision in the cockpit. The image displayed is similar to what is seen when looking through the windscreen when the main beam is switched on.
Night View Assist Plus with Spotlight Function
If the spotlight function is active, Night View Assist Plus with Spotlight Function can flash at any pedestrians it detects in order to warn both the driver and the pedestrians. The flashing light is directed in such a way that vehicles in front and oncoming traffic are not dazzled.
Night View Assist Plus with additional functions in the new S-Class and E-Class
Following the introduction of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class in 2013, Night View Assist Plus has been extended; and, with grey-scale imaging permanently activated, it is at the driver's disposal during the hours of darkness including now in built-up areas (well-lit urban streets with a speed limit of 60 km/h or less).
Night View Assist PLUS
It shows up any pedestrians it detects, and now also for the first time animals, in colour in the image. Furthermore, an additional (long-range) infrared sensor has been integrated into the radiator grille: This supplements the well-proven Mercedes-Benz night vision technology which ensures that
  • pedestrians are detected at a range of up to 160 metres and
  • animals at a range of up to 100 metres.
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