Night Vision Assist System

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Introduction

Driving in mountainous regions at night is challenging and dangerous due to low visibility and unpredictable conditions. Some existing night vision technologies, such as thermal imaging cameras, are integrated vehicles to detect heat signals from pedestrians, animals, and other obstacles to avoid collision. Additionally, the rapid development of autonomous driving technology has introduced high-resolution LiDAR systems capable of real-time, detailed 3D mapping of vehicles’ surrounding environment, which can assist drivers’ night vision.

Limitations of Current Solutions

Current obstacle detection solutions typically use audio or visual feedback to alert drivers of potential hazards. While visual feedback is generally considered superior due to around 100 milliseconds shorter human reaction times to visual stimuli—critical in driving scenarios where milliseconds matter—existing systems often display feedback on the center console or an additional monitor. This can distract drivers from the road, potentially increasing the risk of accidents. Audio feedback, although less distracting, provides limited information, making it difficult for drivers to distinguish between real threats and false alarms.

Proposed Solution

I propose a night vision assist system that combines advanced sensors, perception, and an augmented reality head-up display (AR HUD), which can improve driving safety. This innovative system integrates data from LiDAR and infrared cameras, processed by an AI-powered decision system in real-time. Potential hazards are then directly displayed on the AR HUD, seamlessly integrated into the windshield in front of the driver. This allows drivers to maintain focus on the road while receiving critical information about their driving environment.

Technical Implementation

  1. Sensor Integration: The system uses high-resolution LiDAR and infrared cameras to monitor the driving environment in low visibility environments continuously.
  2. Real-Time Processing: A detailed 3D map is reconstructed in real time to evaluate detected objects. The potential moving objects and off-road situations are transferred to the display system.
  3. AR HUD: The processed information is displayed on an augmented reality head-up display, projected directly onto the windshield. This ensures that drivers can see warnings and relevant information without diverting their attention from the road.

Market Potential

This product addresses a significant safety concern for driving and has broad market potential. The involved technologies, including sensors, 3D mapping, object detection, and AR HUDs, are well-established and commercially available. Integrating these components will significantly enhance driving safety, making it an attractive feature for automobile manufacturers. This system can be marketed to:

  • Automotive Manufacturers: OEMs looking to enhance vehicle safety features.
  • Luxury and High-End Vehicles: Consumers in the luxury segment who prioritize cutting-edge safety technologies.
  • Aftermarket Upgrades: Vehicle owners seeking to retrofit their cars with advanced safety systems.

Conclusion

By combining advanced sensors, real-time data processing, and AR HUD technology, my proposed night vision assist system offers a superior solution for enhancing driver safety in low-visibility driving conditions. This innovative product not only addresses the limitations of current systems but also provides a practical and marketable solution that can be integrated into modern vehicles, ensuring safer driving experiences.

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  • ABOUT THE ENTRANT

  • Name:
    Xiang Li
  • Type of entry:
    individual
  • Patent status:
    none