Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive
Night View Assist Plus
People and animals can often be hazards on the roads at night. Night View Assist Plus can recognise them at a range of up to 160 m ahead of the vehicle.
If the system's thermal imaging camera identifies a pedestrian or larger animal such as a deer, the speedometer in the instrument display switches to a bright night-vision image. In it, people and animals are shown in colour to make them clearly identifiable. A spotlight function means that repeated warning flashes can be directed at pedestrians within the hazard area.
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Night View Assist Plus has two separate infrared LED spotlights that illuminate the same stretch of the carriageway as the main headlamp beams.
The infrared light is invisible to the human eye, so it does not dazzle pedestrians or oncoming traffic. A special close-range infrared camera in the upper area of the windscreen and a long-range infrared camera (thermal imaging camera) in the radiator grille can detect what is happening in front of the car and activate the system's warning functions. The system recognises people at a distance of up to 160 m and large animals up to 100 m away.
If a hazard is identified, the display in the instrument cluster shows a clear grey scale image of the road and the area ahead of the vehicle. People or animals are highlighted in colour with red markings in the display.
Depending on the vehicle model, a switchable spotlight function can help the driver identify pedestrians sooner and react more quickly. The spotlight will be activated if it is switched on and there are people in the warning area (up to 160 m) on an unlit road with the vehicle travelling at over 60 km/h. A special module in the front headlamp flashes four times in warning at the person who is in the most at-risk position. This alerts both the driver and the person at risk to the danger. The spotlight will not flash at animals, as it is not possible to predict how they might react. The spotlight function is not active in urban traffic or when there is a vehicle ahead or approaching.
Night View Assist Plus is set to "Automatic switch to night view image" as a default, i.e. the system works in the background. Night View Assist Plus only activates the image display if it detects a person or animal in the danger area on an unlit road. The image in the display switches itself off once the vehicle has passed the area of danger.
Night View Assist Plus can be switched permanently on or off by means of a button. The infrared LED spotlights work at speeds of 10 km/h and over and they switch off automatically if the vehicle's speed falls below 5 km/h. The night-view image continues to be displayed until the driver deactivates the system. The spotlight function and the automatic switching-on of the night-view image can be turned off via the menu in the instrument cluster's multifunction display.