Volkswagen is all set to introduce its first thermal imaging camera on Touareg from 2019 onwards as the company has revealed more details about the system
Most of the accidents occur in night as people won’t see animals or pedestrians. Even though headlight technology has moved a lot ahead with LED and Laser headlights which can illuminate night road like day time. Volkswagen is all set to introduce its first thermal imaging camera on Touareg from 2019 onwards as the company has revealed more details about the system.
Thermal imaging camera is not something new on automobiles as high end luxury cars like Mercedes Benz S Class, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8 have been using them for couple of generations now. The system on Volkswagen also works in the same way as its competitors. The Thermal imaging camera is positioned on the front of Touareg to detect the infrared radiation from humans and other living organism.
The camera can detect people, cyclist and animals from 10 to 130 metres. Then the system has defined corridor which is a set of boundaries along side the road to determine if someone or something in danger of being hit and it will be displayed on the digital instrument cluster. If the system detects person or any other living organism then it will be displayed in yellow while other things will be in black and white.
If the person or anything enters the defined corridor then the system will highlight it as red. If the Touareg is travelling above 50 km then the system will automatically display image on the instrument cluster and if the speed is below 50 km then a warning light will be shown. The models which come with head up display will also get a warning chime rings and a red signal.
After detecting objects, the system will pre-active brakes to make sure that the car stop is less time as it will be the crucial factor of hitting the obstacle or avoiding it. This system will soon make it to other Volkswagen products in the coming years. The Touareg also get Matrix LED headlamp which also works with this system. If danger is detected then the lights will be flashed briefly.