posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 8:22 AM
Gadgets for night-time driving
I have often thought that driving is strange task that hasn't really changed much with technology - by in large it is still a very manual process.
Yes, we have GPS navigation, ABS brakes, parking sensors & Onstar (in the US) but what about getting the more research pieces of technology into everyday cars like automatic distancing, sensing of other cars also on the road.
Or incorporating head-up-display information on the windscreen like fighter jets, with thermal image tracking or automatic blocking out of the sun? Obviously price is one of the biggest issues. BMW Williams has something similar in their Formula 1 cars and Jason Bradbury mocks up an in-car HUD example.
Well I saw in Time magazine's gadget review recently, that Mercedes-Benz were adding 'night view assist', where they shine an invisible headlight-mounted infrared beam up to 500ft ahead of the car, which then displays as a black-and-white nightscope view on the dashboard.
Now just a few years to wait till every car something similar!