One of the most dangerous times to drive is after the sun goes down. Pedestrians and moving obstacles (like the ever dangerous deer) are most problematic when you have to rely on your headlights to pick them up. Fortunately, the engineers at Mercedes-Benz have devoted their energy and innovation into taking some of the danger out of night driving. Night View Assist Plus is a new Mercedes-Benz feature which uses infrared imaging to detect night hazards and give drivers an enhanced view of them before traditional headlights could pick them up.
Night View Assist uses infrared LED spotlights and two infrared cameras to detect obstacles beyond the range of traditional headlights. Paired with smart computer analysis, this system can identify people at up to 525 feet and large animals like deer at about 325 feet. Once an obstacle is detected, the digital speedometer display in the dash of the vehicle will switch to a bright, night-vision image of the road, with people and animals highlighted in color so they are easier to identify and avoid.
Because infrared is not visible to the human eye, Night View Assist Plus spotlights won’t blind other drivers or pedestrians, but can greatly reduce the risk of hitting something on a dark road. In some situations, Night View Assist Plus will even automatically flash visible lights toward pedestrians who may be in danger to warn both them and the driver of the possible danger.
When active (you can deactivate Night View Assist if you prefer a more dangerous and un-assisted night driving experience) the system will activate above 35 mph when it detects a threat. You can also turn the system on permanently and have access to the night vision view at speeds over 6 mph.
Night View Assist Plus is available in GL-Class, SL-Class, and S-Class Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Schedule a test drive at Loeber Motors today to experience firsthand all the safety innovations Mercedes-Benz vehicles have to offer.