Brooklyn, New York startup Wesa has introduced Nightride, a thermal imaging camera that can be mounted to the hood of a vehicle to allow drivers greater visibility at night to avoid objects on the roadway ahead, according to the company.
The risk of a fatal crash is three times greater at night, the National Safety Council has determined.
Nightride's hardware is a far wave infrared dash cam that allows drivers to see four times further than their headlights, according to the manufacturer.
The camera installs like an action camera. Users can pop the hood, attach the mount to the hood, attach alligator clips to the battery, screw Nightride on the mount, and plug in power.
Today's best headlights are typically only available as standard on luxury cars. Even with high-beam headlights on, visibility is limited to about 500 feet — and just 250 feet for normal headlights — creating less time to react to something in the road, especially when driving at higher speeds.
Nightride is built on the latest military technology, according to the manufacturer. Drivers can see more than one-quarter of a mile away — significantly helping them to spot animals, objects, and other roadway hazards ahead.
As people age, they have greater difficulty seeing at night. A 50-year-old driver may need twice as much light to see as well as a 30-year-old, notes the National Safety Council.