An automotive night vision system is a system used to enhance a driver's perception in darkness and poor weather, beyond the reach of the vehicle's headlights. The night vision system warns the driver if an animal or pedestrian is present in the danger zone by projecting a red image in front of the vehicle. The length and width of the danger zone depends on the speed of the vehicle. Automotive night vision systems are also deployed in military ground transport vehicles such as tanks, trucks, humvees, and armored personnel carriers.
Increasing concern to reduce accidents during night drive is fueling growth of automotive night vision systems across the globe. In addition, increasing deployment of these systems in military vehicles to improve driving in darkness is boosting this market. On account of these factors, the global market for automotive night vision systems is expected to double in the next six years.
The automotive night vision system market can be classified into display type and technologies. On the basis of display types, the automotive night vision system market can be segmented into various categories such as navigation system, instrument cluster, and windshield. The technology segment includes Active Infrared Systems and Passive Infrared Systems. Based on geography, the market can be categorized into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World.
Major participants in this market focus on introducing innovative products. In 2014, FLIR Systems introduced PathFinder, a night vision camera that can be deployed in motor vehicles. Acquisitions and mergers are key strategies adopted by major companies to expand their geographical presence and market share along with an enhanced customer base. Some of the key players in the automotive night vision market include Automotive Lighting, Robert Bosch GmbH, L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc.; FLIR Systems, Inc.; DENSO Corporation, Elbit Systems, Ltd., OmniVision Technologies, Inc., Sirica Corp., Mobileye, Sensata Technologies, Inc.,and Continental AG