• Jan 4, 2009
FLIR, the maker of BMW's night-vision system, will be at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week showing off its PathFindIR thermal imaging camera. The company says its system isn't confused by oncoming headlights, works well in cold weather and can even see through fog, dust and smoke.

FLIR also says its camera is based on the same technology used by the military to provide a 36° field-of-view of the road ahead.

We plan to check out the company's claims in the 6 Series they're bringing to CES. Maybe they'll even let us take it out and recreate that urban rumor of 200-mph desert highway sprints with no headlights. No, probably not.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      It works really well spotting cops hiding in complete darkness planning to hit you with instant-on radar the last second. Provided you see him first of course. Most of the time they wait until you're right on them, now you can see them first!
      • 6 Years Ago
      and...um... how was that useless exactly?
      • 6 Years Ago
      How long until we have telescreens in our cars?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Strange pedestrians :D
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is there a possibility of using this at night on the highways with lights turned off to avoid cops? Probably something done in Cannonball Run? Cops can't tag you if they can't see you, right?

      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder how long until the costs go down, and the technology is used in "lesser" vehicles?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I currently own a 5 series bmw that has this system in it. You can in fact turn of your headlights and drive in the dark, although i was only driving it around the neighborhood at 25 to 35 mph. The only thing that i really wanted to comment on is the statement that it can work threw fog. Just a couple of weeks ago here in north dallas it was very foggy one night i was driving and thought to try it, with my lights on of course, but the whole screen was blurred. Not until I pulled up to someone before I could see the anything on the screen. Otherwise a pretty cool conversation starter.