What is your idea of the future like? Will we ever get flying cars to help us arrive at our destination faster than ever before? I doubt, taking into consideration how accidents already happen with lines guiding our vehicles on the road at the moment, what more when you are flying your very own vehicle without any kind of guiding lines in the sky. Having said that, to obtain a wide degree of visibility when one is behind the wheel is always better, since you can see more that is happening around you. Spectrum has come up with this interesting video of a “transparent” car which was developed by Japanese researchers.
How does this “transparent” car work? Well, it will make good use of a combination of projectors, cameras, and special mirrors in order to reflect what is right outside the car – and show them onto surfaces inside. Sort of like a reverse invisibility cloak, so to speak. In this case, you more or less eliminate blind spots, but surely the idea of driving in such an environment would be unnerving, and will definitely require a fair amount of getting used to in the first place.
This project is the brainchild of Susumu Tachi and Masahiko Inami of the Graduate School of Media Design at Keio University, and it might be some time before other automakers and automotive electronics companies would be in favor of commercializing such technology.