Mercedes-Benz has released Active Night View Assist Plus in cars which is meant to detect pedestrians on the road ahead by highlighting them on the display in the car using infra-red light projectors. Once a pedestrian is detected, a spotlight is shown on them, meant to warn the driver and pedestrian. A person can be detected from 262 feet away and has been proven to help alert people of oncoming traffic. The spotlight is not a distraction to other drivers according to this article.
I would consider this an incremental sustaining innovation in car/headlight safety. There are many preventative measures added to cars to prevent accidents and death; this is one of them. According to the article, this innovation is one of many being done to headlights in cars. Since more pedestrians are killed at night than during the day, this seems to be a great innovation that will help alert drivers of people on the road, giving them time to decrease their speed and avoid the person. I would like to see this in all makes of cars and not just Mercedes. I am unsure as to whether this Active Night View comes standard in the cars or if it costs more to have put in.