Night Vision can help improve driving safety by enhancing the driver’s ability to detect potentially dangerous situations up to three to five times further ahead than low-beam headlamps. In operation, a new Night Vision system on the Cadillac uses thermal imaging, or infrared, technology to create pictures based on heat energy emitted by objects in the viewed scene. In the virtual image that is produced, hotter objects appear white and cooler objects appear black.
Because the virtual image is projected by a HUD (heads-up display) rather than on a flat screen mounted in the car, the system helps drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. The image, which is projected near the front edge of the bonnet, is in the driver’s peripheral vision and was designed not to obstruct the view of the road. Drivers can glance at the virtual image without refocusing or removing their eyes from the road.