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Flir infrared camera gives cars night vision (pictures)

The aftermarket PathFindIR II kit from Flir includes an infrared camera and CPU with pedestrian and animal-detecting processing, equipping cars with safety-enhanced night vision.

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The PathFindIR II kit by FLIR consists of an infrared camera and a CPU designed to give drivers a better view at night.

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The camera "sees" in the infrared spectrum, a lower wavelength than humans can see, but one which allows for better low-light vision.

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The camera includes a video port and is intended to be mounted behind a car's grille. As it needs a clear forward view, the grille will likely need to be modified.

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The camera measures about 2.5 inches thick, making it a difficult fit for modern, small cars.

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The CPU processes the imagery from the camera, using its built-in library to pick out pedestrians and large animals.

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This flat CPU piece can be mounted under the dashboard, out of sight of passengers.

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The camera's infrared imagery shows up in black-and-white, while the CPU highlights pedestrians.

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Yellow boxes show pedestrian locations, even at the far end of a dark alley.

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