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night vision HUD

The new Lexus SUV has a nifty option: a night vision camera that projects onto a heads-up-display. This allows you to see animals on the road long before the headlights would illuminate them. (You can compare the views in the large version of the photo; look at the parked cars, for example.)

 

Well, that’s the theory. I asked two drivers if they use it, and they said “just to show off.” The screen is too small to use it as a primary view for driving, and it’s not wide angle enough to use on a curvy road.

 

But it’s really fun for the backseat drivers! What it needs is a software layer for automated threat recognition. See Rudolph, make it blink red.

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Taken on June 13, 2005