Audi Q7 Owners & Service Manuals

Audi Q7: Night vision assist


Applies to: vehicles with night vision assist

Night vision assist helps you when it is dark by using an infrared camera to monitor the area in front of your vehicle, within the limits of the system.

It can display objects up to a distance of approximately 1,000 feet (300 m).

Pedestrian and wild animals are detected by measuring the temperature difference between the object and the background. Pedestrians and wild animals will not be detected if the temperature difference is too small. The pedestrian and wild animal marking feature is deactivated at temperatures above approximately 77 ºF (25 ºC) and when it is light outside.

The thermal image detected by the camera is displayed in the instrument cluster. Warm areas generally appear lighter and cold areas appear darker.

The camera for the night vision assist is located in the vehicle's radiator grille. Make sure the night vision camera is not covered by stickers, deposits, or any other obstructions because this can impair the night vision assist function.

Follow the information about cleaning.


  • Observe the safety precautions and note the limits of the assist systems, sensors, and cameras.
  • Night vision assist can only detect pedestrians and wild animals located within the range of the infrared camera.
  • Night vision assist cannot detect pedestrians or wild animals and mark them if:
    • They are not in an upright position, for example if they are sitting or lying down and/or
    • The silhouette in the display appears incomplete or interrupted, for example because the pedestrian is partially behind a vehicle or an animal is partially covered by tall grass.
  • Never attempt to swerve around animals if doing so would endanger you or other road users.


  • Even though the system evaluates the shape and heat given off by all detected objects, there are limits to the system. There may be false warnings.
  • For technical reasons, the image pauses in split second intervals.

Switching on and off

Applies to: vehicles with night vision assist

The system can be switched on and off in the MMI.

  • The AUTO light function must be selected for the night vision assist to automatically activate when it is dark.
  • Switch on the low beams manually to activate night vision assist immediately. To do so, press (1) on the light switch module, fig. 34 and select .

When activated, the tab appears in the instrument cluster.

  • Select in the instrument cluster: tab


When the night vision assist tab is selected in the instrument cluster and the low beams are switched off, the thermal image display disappears only after you have exited the tab.

Marking and warning

Applies to: vehicles with night vision assist

Fig. 103 Instrument cluster: pedestrian marking and warning
Fig. 103 Instrument cluster: pedestrian marking and warning

Highlighting detected pedestrians and wild animals

Within the limits of the system, the night vision assist can detect pedestrians and wild animals that are between approximately 32 feet (10 m) and 295 feet (90 m) in front of the vehicle and within the detection zone. Animal recognition is not active within highly developed areas. The system only detects large wild animals such as deer.

When it is dark outside and the low beams are switched on, detected objects are marked in yellow (1), within the limits of the system.

Pedestrian and wild animal warning

This system limits are based on the vehicle speed and steering angle. Pedestrian and wild animal warning encourages you to pay more attention.

If there are pedestrians or wild animals in front of your vehicle that could pose a danger, the system will direct your attention to this.

  • Pedestrians or wild animals are highlighted in red in the instrument cluster (2) and the or symbol turns on (2).
  • When the head-up display* is switched on, the additional indicator or appears.
  • A chime will sound if something is detected.
  • If the night vision assist thermal image is replaced by another display (such as the on-board computer), the red or indicator light will appear if there is a pedestrian or wild animal warning.

The symbol will appear when pedestrian and wild animal detection is not available.

Marking light*

To direct the driver's attention to a pedestrian, the headlights can flash on the pedestrian when there is a pedestrian warning.

This occurs at speeds above approximately 35 mph (60 km/h) if you are outside of illuminated areas and no detected vehicles are shown. The marking light is not used for wild animals. The high beam assistant* controls the marking light.

Adjusting the contrast

Applies to: vehicles with night vision assist

Requirement: the night vision assist must be switched on and the tab must be displayed.

  • Applies to MMI: Select on the home screen: VEHICLE > Driver assistance > () > Night vision assist.
  • To set the desired contrast, move the slider.


Applies to: vehicles with night vision assist

The following messages may appear depending on the vehicle equipment:

Night vision assist: currently unavailable.

See owner's manual

The system is not functioning correctly at the time, so it has been switched off. If the malfunction persists, drive immediately to an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility to have the malfunction repaired.


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