The image is transferred to the instrument cluster in the
cockpit. The Night Vision assistant automatically
marks impending obstacles with colors, based on the level of risk. Yellow means no danger, like a pedestrian walking on the sidewalk. When red obstacles appear, Night Vision intervenes. It activates a warning light with a brake symbol and emits a high-pitched warning noise. What’s more, it also warns people in the danger zone with a short, targeted illumination of the LED headlights.
"The assistant has to be able to detect and evaluate the risk," says Winter. Ultimately, however,
it’s down to the driver. "They decide what to do," the
33-year-old explains. The assistant does not brake independently. However, it does prepare everything for the worst-case scenario. It also keeps an eye on obstacles until the risk of collision is over.