Headlights are designed to help you see at night, but they don't always do all you need them to do. Depending on what's on the road, they rarely help you see far enough into the distance to stop in time when there's an obstacle.
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That's why a lot of people turn to modern technology to increase visibility at night. These days, there are three common solutions:
- Night vision cameras: A night vision dash camera that that amplifies light
- Night vision eyeglasses: Similar to sunglasses, but with a special coating on the lens that helps reduce glare from the sun and bright lights to help you see the road better at night
- NightRide: A thermal imaging solution that includes a wireless dash camera and a heads-up display that can project the camera feed directly on the windshield
There are lots of compelling reasons to choose NightRide instead of a night vision camera or pair of night vision eyeglasses, but it ultimately boils down to this: NightRide helps you see better at night. Simple as that.
Thermal Imaging Helps You See the Road Better at Night
While night vision cameras and glasses are useful, the conditions have to be just right for them to work. More specifically:
- It has to be dark enough, but not too dark. Since night vision technology amplifies light, there has to be some light for you to be able to see anything with a night vision camera. In order for night vision eyeglasses to work, you need some light to illuminate everything else. If you're driving on a mountain or rural road toward some early morning fishing or hunting, you're night vision technology or pair of night vision glasses won't help much. If there's no light to amplify, these night vision options aren't something you can depend on.
- The weather and outdoor conditions have to be clear. Night vision cameras don't work well in dusty, foggy, or smoky conditions. Images will be obscured, so things still appear dusty, foggy, or otherwise muffled. The same goes for night vision eyeglasses. Since the purpose of night vision glasses is to reduce light and glare, they're not going to come in handy when the air's murky.
The good news: thermal imaging technology works in just about any situation. You can drive with a NightRide camera in a bustling city on a full moon night or on rural roads in complete darkness and the camera will still provide great imaging. NightRide's camera feed also works great in dusty, foggy, and smoky conditions.
It's because a thermal imaging technology can pick up on heat sources up to 1,800 feet ahead of you. Just think, even if a deer isn't in the road yet, NightRide can spot it. It can even detect heat sources behind solid objects like trees and fences, giving you plenty of warning. If there's an animal behind the bushes about to jump out in front of your car, NightRide will let you know before you end up with an animal collision. Not only that, but it can also track residual heat. Essentially, NightRide can detect any living being on or right off the road. You can't say the same about night vision cameras or eyeglasses.
In a Nutshell...
Night vision glasses and cameras are great for people with sensitive eyes, and they can be helpful in reducing glare and adding clarity in some situations. However, when it comes to driving, a thermal imaging camera is much more helpful. It can detect obstacles far ahead and on the side of the road despite intense darkness or a foggy atmosphere. City, mountain, and rural night driving is always improved with NightRide.