The concept of making a back seat "transparent" in order to eliminate blind spots is making the publicity rounds thanks to the so-called "see through Prius" that recently got some exposure in both Los Angeles and Tokyo.

Earlier this fall, Japan's Keio University showed off a "see-through" Prius at Tokyo's Digital Content Expo, according to CNET. Using camouflage technology developed about a decade ago that uses a small camera that captures an image from behind the car and projects it onto the backseat to create an illusion of transparency. The idea is to basically eliminate blind spots and improve the trusty dashboard camera to give the driver a good, but not always complete, view of what's going on behind the car.

Toyota USA President and CEO Jim Lentz brought up this technology, as well as other emerging technologies like wireless charging for electric vehicles, during his keynote speech at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week.


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      Peter Muller
      • 2 Years Ago
      what a complete an absolute waste of time and money... use the backup camera is works.. hey heres a better idea.. get the plug in version to work better than it does, and improve the finish.. My 2010 Prius has 100k on the odomoter and rattles and creaks like an old truck...
        Joeviocoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Peter Muller
        You put 50,000 per year on a small passenger car, and you are complaining that it creaks and rattles?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Peter Muller
        155k on my 2007... There was one small noise in the dash to the left of the steering wheel. Ended up finding a spacer pad had slipped down between the trim pieces. I replace the piece and that removed the last of my rattles. I wouldn't say it is an old truck, but it definitely has more rattle in it than I like. My impression is that there are some people that can't make the spacial connection with a backup camera. It isn't so much a fault, but you know people that have trouble judging distances without viewing motion over a period of time. Something about the backup camera leaves them second guessing and often stopping short. My guess is that these are the same people that change lanes without enough clearance and merge into traffic to tightly.
      Joeviocoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Concept cars are supposed to be gimmicky. How about that sweet looking Volt concept that had super thin side view mirrors, that were pointless? I had a SMS text messenging app, that turned on the rear-facing camera when texting, and displayed a translucent image behind the text. So I could text while walking. :) No, I dont' use it. It was a gimmick, but was cool.
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Effing Prius now has Effing G*d D*amned Cloaking Technology? Holy Effing Sh*t!
      Actionable Mango
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is dangerously close to violating the Treaty of Algeron.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about a back window that you can actually see out of, instead of a shrinky window plus a camera plus a screen? They can't accept a 0.01 cD increase just for a window you can see out of? that's just more cost added to the purchase price and more maintenance cost down the road.. as if modern cars weren't complex enough. I'd rather take a 1mpg hit just so that i can see out the back window, and have a lower purchase price, and less maintenance hassle down the road. Just sayin.
      Smith Jim
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's some cool sh!t.
      BipDBo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if this could have a dual purpose. Perhaps it could be flipped over to use as an entertainment screen for the passengers in the back.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seems like a good idea though I doubt it would work well with backseat passengers or with dark upholstery.
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      All rear view mirrors should be replaced with a non-distorting camera.& screen.
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