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Old 01-28-2012, 11:31 PM
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Nightvision Front Camera Retrofit?

I just purchased a S350 06 model however it doesn't have the Front Nightvision camera option ( i thought they all had it, nevermind!)

Is it possible to retrofit it. I doubt it's that hard to retrofit, I believe all i would need is the camera, wiring loom and have the computer recoded at a dealer.

Could somebody point me in the right direction.
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Anything can be done, if you want to spend the money. It'll probably run you about 3k usd
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I have not looked at the parts costs, I doubt it can be done properly at $3000 (parts) but one should really check the real cost. This car would most likely need a new windshield too.
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I have not looked at the parts costs, I doubt it can be done properly at $3000 (parts) but one should really check the real cost. This car would most likely need a new windshield too.
Would it be possible to just purchase a night vision camera and mount it behind the front grill and then purchase a new light panel and get the computer recoded?
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Would it be possible to just purchase a night vision camera and mount it behind the front grill and then purchase a new light panel and get the computer recoded?
Now I don't follow you. The Night View Assist camera is located at the top/middle of the windshield behind the rear view mirror (seen from the driver, that is to the front from the rear view mirror).

To be OEM equivalent, you would need new headligths with IR emitters (replacing your high halogen high beams by the way).

I guess I got your "light panel" point, yes you need the switch to turn the camera on. Of course you would need version coding but I don't consider that a bid deal.
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I'm not sure why anyone would spend that kinda money for this feature. I've used it a couple of times, and its damn near useless to me.
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Would it be possible to just purchase a night vision camera and mount it behind the front grill and then purchase a new light panel and get the computer recoded?
I highly doubt it would be that simple. I think the grille work you're referring to might actually be for the Distronic, and not for the night vision system, which has been described as involving a camera behind the windshield.

Go with the folks who say it's nearly useless. I tend to agree with them, though I've never had it myself. It's useless to me because I don't drive much at night, and I live in a densely populated area, so animal incursions are less likely. I'll take my chances with regular old headlamps, HID of course. Your situation might be different. If it's crucial, just get a car that has it instead of going to the trouble of monkeying with yours.
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We do have nightvision retrofits. They serve many many purposes, including animal (or human) avoidance. The one we have is far superior to the factory Ratheon unit. Ours is by FLiR, and it is the same the military and police use. Very uncanny to be able to turn your lights off (we don't recommend this, we just did it during a video and testing) and you can see even further down the road than with headlights ever made possible. Incredible unit, but not too cheap. They are military grade and nearly indestructible. They do mount behind the grill regular grill (no new grill needed)
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I've also found that when you have it on, you spend so much time looking at the dash that you don't actually think about driving. Its like driving on a video game, and its awkward to get your actual vision from a tiny screen as opposed to out the glass.
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Can be true....as a pilot, you are actually trained to trust your instruments... so it was a little strange, but I got used to it quickly.
I use it for wildlife and coplife at night. I can see them hiding beside the road WAY before my headlights can see them...lol
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2010 s550 night vision

I believe, s550 is equipt with night vision camera on the windshield but there is no switch next to headlight *** (what gives?) If this is an option, can purchase that switch and install it as i assume all the wiring is there too. Thoughts/suggestions?
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