Flir Leads in Night-Vision Gear

The company's infrared systems are a mainstay for border security and in Iraq and Afghanistan, and could one day be as common in cars as GPS
The night-vision system in some BMW models is powered by an infrared camera tucked in the grille of the car. The camera is made by Flir Systems, a military contractor that's been rapidly expanding into new commercial markets.

It's late at night on a foggy country road and you're behind the wheel of a new BMW 7 Series when you fail to notice a deer in your path 30 feet ahead. But an infrared camera, tucked inside the grille of your car, detects its body heat, produces an image of the deer on the dashboard screen, and sounds an alarm. You slam on the brakes, avoiding a potentially deadly collision.

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