• May 30, 2008
Click above for more shots of Toyota's Night View

We've questioned why some automakers in the past have gone to the trouble of replicating the look of traditional gauges when normal ones would do the trick. In the case of the new Toyota Crown Hybrid, though, there is a good reason for the 1280 x 480 pixel LCD panel mounted directly above the steering wheel in the dash, and Toyota calls it "Night View." Though other companies have used some sort of night vision technology before, and many have begun offering headlights that turn with the steering wheel to improve the safety of driving at night, Toyota has gone a step further by adding human recognition to its system. The technology currently only works when the vehicle is being driven between 15-60km/h, or about 10-40 miles per hour. Certain conditions, like rain, can also sometimes force the system to shut down. A high cost is also being cited as a potential obstacle to bring the technology to market. Toyota, however, is forging ahead and currently working on lowering the cost of Night View and programming it to recognize bicycles and animals.


[Source: Nikkei]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Why over engineer this to recognize kites, pogo sticks, people, bikes, planes just recognize warm blooded things, like humans and animals like most night vision technology does, and run over cold blooded snakes !
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is terrific stuff, but I'd like to see it pick up & highlight on anything in motion, (deer, etc) not just the IR signature of a human.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I must say that I'm impressed...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it would be cool to offer a LCD dash and let the driver customize the look. Want analog or digital read outs? In green or blue or red? Do you even want a temp gauge?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't think the flash from the camera should have been on in picture 4 of 5, because then you wouldn't be able to see how clear the screen is at night compared to what you would actually see if you were looking out the windshield. Not to be offensive, but it'd be kind of funny if an obese person was recognized by the system and was mistaken for a bear or something.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cadillac did it first. Toyota is doing it now...big woooo. Here's an idea...how about inventing a human that can f-n drive with a windshield in front of their face!!! The more of this crap that gets put on cars is more of an excuse for drivers to not be 100% involved in driving. If you have an accident, you have an accident. That's why they are called 'accidents' and that's why we pay insurance out the pixal to insure our cars and each other. If you can't see to drive at night, do us all a favor and take a bus, taxi, or train or keep you Magoo arse at home. And before the water-walkers start; I value life too, that's why I pay attention while driving. Day or night. There, I said it. I didn't want to, but I said it. I feel better now. I'm going out for a drive tonight.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So does it have an IFF system?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The human recognition program is neat, but it seems like it'd need to be integrated into a windshield HUD to be truly useful.

      IMO, the need to take one's eyes off the road to focus on the gauge pod mostly negates the realistic safety benefit of this and other night vision systems.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i guess we'll see this kind of technology in ours cars in about 5 yrs from now.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's already eight year old tech...
      • 6 Years Ago
      now the yakuza can spot you at night!
        • 6 Years Ago
        toyota century is one hell of a car

        emperor style!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nah, the Yak are rollin' in S63 AMGs (if they're young) or Toyota Centuries (if they're not).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Headlights that turn with the steering wheel. Another Tucker innovation (way back in '47).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wrong! Deusenburg 1927, made in America
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