The system would hinge on two cameras, mounted on the front of each rear-view mirror. These will detect heat--from animals or people, for example, but not for objects as cool as their backgrounds. Working as a pair--just like your eyes--the cameras would allow depth perception, so that the distance of objects could be readily calculated. And that could be massively helpful, since the cameras have a range of 300 feet--much further than the range of even high-beam headlights.

The read-outs would either appear on a dash-mounted display, or a helmet-mounted visor that would click on over an existing visor--though the later seems further off. In the interim, the Kawasaki system will make it easier to process the information on the dash display, by highlighting only potential obstacles and showing how far away they are, and perhaps beaming only that information to the helmet display.