What is night vision? Does my car have night vision systems?

Night vision is primarily an optional feature of some modern vehicles so check the user manual to be sure. The infrared and thermal sensors are typically mounted in the vehicle’s grille and display images in the screen in the center console or dashboard. Newer technology can project the images in a heads-up display in the windshield, showing the exact location of traffic ahead. Both of these types of systems are typically controlled by the on-board computer mounted in the center console.

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How does night vision help?

If conditions make it difficult to see, having night vision can be a huge asset. Night vision uses thermographic sensors to detect IR waves or heat back at the vehicle to determine the distance of objects ahead. In heavy rain and snow, knowing how much stopping distance you have makes everyone driving safer. If the road is poorly lit, the night vision will show you what is in front of your vehicle, alerting you to any obstacles sooner. The night vision not only picks up other cars on the road, but pedestrians, helping you to avoid an accident.

Night Vision and Replacement

Night vision sensors are mounted in different places on a vehicle, depending on the year, make, and model. If your vehicle’s night vision sensor is mounted in the windshield, you may need to check the wiring should your windshield need replacing. Let your auto glass technician know if you have windshield-mounted night vision or any other auto glass technologies, so we can replace your auto glass more efficiently, and get you back on the road.


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that can affect getting the right windshield, please select from below. Visit glass parts to discover more the different types of glass in your vehicle.

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