The brand known globally as BMW, short for Bayerische Motoren Werke, is one of the world’s most respected product names. It represents cars which are high-end, top quality, safe, and kind to the planet, as well as boasting cutting edge technology.
Within the BMW team, safety is an issue of the utmost importance. In order to reduce the risk of accidents, and to lessen the number of injuries should an accident happen, the company is always ready to introduce new technology.
Nocturnal Driving: Twice the Risk of an Accident as Compared to Driving During the Day.
Statistics on accidents clearly demonstrate that night time driving is a significant risk. In Germany, despite the fact that an average of 75% of the overall driving takes place during daytime hours, 50% of fatal car accidents occur at night.
This indicates that night time driving is twice as dangerous as driving during the day. In the US, a similar pattern can be seen. Although night time driving represents only 27% of overall driving time, it accounts for 55% of fatal accidents.
Figures from countries across Europe offer substance to the belief that night time driving is an issue in need of serious consideration. Estimated figures suggest that in Europe, around 560,000 are injured through nocturnal driving, and 23,000 lose their lives.
Making Night Time Driving Safer
BMW has long been involved with the development of ground-breaking technologies which increase road safety by supporting night time drivers.
Just a few of the pioneering developments that can be installed into BMW models to assist night time drivers include:
- Xenon lights, which offer greatly improved brightness and range
- “Adaptive Headlights,” which deliver considerably better illumination of the road ahead through the use of horizontally swiveling headlamps.
- “High Beam Assistant,” which turns headlights off and on automatically
The first aim of the BMW Night Vision systems is to detect living objects, such as pedestrians and animals, which are not illuminated in total darkness.
With a thermal imaging camera, people can be detected at a range of about 300m. This is much further than with headlights. Early detection of people means less deadly accidents. But also the early detection of animals, especially in North European countries, is saving the lives of drivers. Hitting e.g. a moose can result in heavy injuries.
Another recent innovation to help drivers see better at night and in the most diverse weather conditions, is the "BMW Night Vision" system. The core of this system is a FLIR Systems thermal imaging camera. BMW is the first European premium car manufacturer that started to implement this technology in its cars.
This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by FLIR.
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