Valeo's competitors are varied.
On the active-system side, competitors include Delphi Corp., Lear Corp. and Hella KG Hueck & Co.
Siemens VDO Automotive competes in both active and passive systems. L-3 Communications recently bought the automotive night-vision operation of U.S. defense contractor Raytheon.
Industry sources acknowledge that night-vision technology is in its early stages, with a variety of technical barriers that still must be overcome.
There is concern that current readouts actually may distract drivers more than assist them.
Suppliers are trying to fix this by developing software capable of recognizing pedestrians and moving objects. Only then would the night-vision system alert the driver.
Valeo's concept car highlights such objects with a colored box on the readout screen.
"Our focus of development is picture extraction," says Valeo board member Martin Haub.
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