GitHub Repository: github.com/openxc/nightvision
This Nighttime Forward Collision Warning is an Android app that uses OpenXC and a standard USB webcam to add “night vision” to a car with off-the-shelf parts. The webcam faces forward from the dashboard and uses edge detection to detect objects on the road in the path of the vehicle (i.e. deer). Samantha Skinger developed the first version of this app as a summer intern at Ford in 2012. The application is tuned for rural night driving and doesn’t cope well with city lights or daylight.
Disclaimer This application is intended to be used with a display device that has a fixed, preferably permanent location in the vehicle. For example, mounted on the dash. Never mount anything on the dash such that the driver’s view is impeded. While the night vision camera application may help increase visibility, the OpenXC platform does not make any claims of a safety benefit.