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Honda Introduces Night Vision System

September 8, 2004

Honda Motor Co. has developed night vision that sends the driver a visual and audio warning when it detects a pedestrian in the dark, Automotive News reports.Intelligent Night Vision uses two infrared cameras under the headlights to detect infrared heat-emitting objects. When the system detects a pedestrian in the vehicle's path, it sends the driver a warning sound and an image of the pedestrian. The image appears in a head-up display on top of the instrument panel. The display retracts into the instrument panel during the day. The system detects a pedestrian who is taller than about 3 feet and who appears between 98 feet and 263 feet in front of the car.The device will be used in the Honda Legend, due this fall for Japan. Honda said that pedestrian fatalities account for about 30 percent of all traffic accident fatalities in Japan, citing government data.
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