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Infrared cameras are now being installed in cars to help drivers see further and more clearly at night or in foggy conditions. Due to poorer visibility, nighttime driving is associated with an increased risk of accidents. With an infrared camera installed in the front end, projecting images onto the lower windshield, a driver can "see" three to five times farther at night than normal. Infrared detectors are also used in maritime navigation to monitor sea traffic, and in low altitude flight navigation. Since infrared can penetrate aerial haze, pilots can view distant terrain through thick fog and clouds.



Courtesy of Mitsubishi Electronics and Raytheon Commercial Infrared

(Top or left) Visible/infrared images (left/right) taken from the cockpit of an airplane preparing to land in a dense fog. (Bottom or right) An infrared night-vision camera installed in an automobile warns the driver of a deer in the road at night.


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