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Night Vision For Any Car: FLIR PathfindIR

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The Bottom line: Remember that urban tale of the drug running lambo doing 200mph runs using merely night vision? FLIR, used to making commercial nightvision systems for law enforcement, marine, and airborne vehicle has trickled the tech into civilian hands. The PathfindIR is their first infrared night vision adaptable for any car, although they'll be demo'ing at CES in a BMW. The camera (below) gets mounted in a grill, and the AV output hooks into any LCD and even some dashboard nav systems. The video looks to be a relatively low res 320 x 240, with a wide 36º H x 27º V field of view. The best news: the IR system lets cars see 5x further than high beams.

The catch: Staring at a LCD on your dash sounds dangerous. Demo video after the jump.

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DISCUSSION

This is nothing new. Cadillac has offered similar technology for years now; although, I think it used infrared and not actual night vision. If I'm not mistaken, however, it's no longer offered. What was neat was how the image was reflected off the windshield just above the steering wheel.

You could spot Cadillacs equipped with the technology by the missing emblem in the front grille. I think it was offered specifically on DeVilles.