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Old 06-08-2008, 08:54 AM
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Arrow BMW Night Vision ver. 2.0 in new 7-series

New BMW 7 Series can read road signs

Although there are still no photos of the new BMW 7 Series. But one thing is already clear: The next Bayern flagship is an extraordinary high-tech industries. We give a first impression.

Night systems are not new. In the automotive industry held them about three years before withdrawal: in the still current BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class. With the new BMW 7 Series is now the second generation. "Our new system can but ...

much more than before. It feels at a distance of up to 100 meters despite darkness on the pedestrian, who is in the danger area in front of the vehicle is, "says Artur soot, BMW's head of development.

All is made possible by a thermal imaging. Compared to its predecessor model, there is a more advanced camera with better resolution and a high-tech image processing object recognition.

The yellow warning signal in the multi-function and Head-Up Display logs if ...

... likelihood of a collision between cars and pedestrians. It happens on the road driving people to secure the pavement, these are only scanned and soft yellow.

"This technology allows us only with the thermal imaging system to implement. Other systems would be advised to their limits," said soot.

Even so, the night-screen in combination with the navigation system: the left corner in the permissible Höchstgeschwindikeit, warning of a pedestrian, including the cycling speed and the navigation system - including the lane, which should be used.

Sounds simple, but there was ...

... Testing technically complicated. In addition to the extensive tests in the development departments themselves were different test vehicles with more ...

... than 250,000 kilometres of night trips back. Now the system is ready for the series application

But the new BMW 7 Series offers even more. Many navigation systems show on the screen already speed limits or stationary flash systems. The new 7 but can be the first production vehicle traffic signs read.

"Maps and navigation systems includes only about 65 to 70 percent of all speed limits," said Artur soot, "above all, these data are purely static and therefore does not take into account construction sites or road bridges on highways with variable speed limits. This is different from us. "

A small camera behind the interior rear-view mirror unerringly read the road signs on the roadside. Erblickt the Wide-VGA camera eye such a speed limit, so it shows that in comparison with the map information on the hard navigation system of the new BMW 7 Series and warns the driver before any speed overrun.

Can be read traffic signs in countries that joined the Vienna Convention. These states have agreed that a speed limit characteristic of a round shield with a red wreath and a number of the speed limit. In most countries, the new system also 7 with nearly hellseherischen abilities shine.

Anders looks, for example in the U.S. - the United States do not have a standardized speed signs.
Of course there were also in the development problems, "said Artur soot," has given us the title of the Swiss speed signs long time. In addition, had a large number of runs also ensure that the camera system does not rely on the speed limits on schedule vorausfahrenden truck accessed. "

Heavy rain, a deep-standing sun or fog make the system no problems.

"We will leave it to the driver in a display information only on the speed limit noted," said Artur soot.

Interference in the electronics or even a brake will not happen. That remains the driver.

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Old 06-09-2008, 12:55 PM
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Maybe the BACK-UP camera should switch to thermal at night!
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Old 06-09-2008, 03:14 PM
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good idea!
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