TOKYO - Honda Motor Co. has developed night vision that sends the driver a visual and audio warning when it detects a pedestrian in the dark.
Intelligent Night Vision uses two infrared cameras under the headlights to detect infrared heat-emitting objects.
When the system detects a pedestrian in the vehicle's path, it sends the driver a warning sound and an image of the pedestrian. The image appears in a head-up display on top of the instrument panel. The display retracts into the instrument panel during the day.
The system detects a pedestrian who is taller than about 3 feet and who appears between 98 feet and 263 feet in front of the car.
Honda procured the infrared cameras from Raytheon Co. but developed the night vision itself.
The device will be used in the Honda Legend, due this fall for Japan.
Honda won't release a price of the option until the car is launched.
The safety technology will not be available for the Acura RL, which goes on sale in the United States this fall. The RL is a twin of the Japanese-market Legend.
Honda sees little demand in the United States because few pedestrians walk at night.
Honda said that pedestrian fatalities account for about 30 percent of all traffic accident fatalities in Japan, citing government data.