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I understand that cars are to be coming out with windshields employed with "night vision" technology, so why not apply it some way to the rear view mirror (or the back windshield) ? I know we have the white lights on the back of the car are on there for a reason, but they don't seem to cut it for me.
For [sadie]: I think this is what [ishotpac] is referring to.
Cadillacs that see in the dark [half, May 21 2002, last modified Oct 05 2004]
Watch Where You're Going
"Night Driving With Radar, Ultraviolet, And Infrared" [phoenix, May 21 2002, last modified Oct 05 2004]
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||Can you point me to the original technology you claim is coming out?
||For me, when reversing in the dark, it tends to be the rear passenger windows that I miss being able to see out of..
||Mount a gimbaled turret on the top of the vehicle with an IR camera inside. You would be able to point it in any direction and view the image on the monitor installed in the dash.
||[sadie] Both passive and actice IR systems exist, as well as UV and radar. To the best of my knowledge, passive IR is the only one that's been implemented commercially to date. (link)