Cooley On Cars
Car Tech 101: Forget the flying car, the invisible car is almost hereBrian Cooley takes a look at invisible car technologies that aim to make it easier for the driver to see out from the car -- no more car roof pillars or second-row headrests blocking the driver's view of the road.
[MUSIC] Mercedes got some buzz a few years ago with a car wrapped in LED's on one side, and cameras on the other passing through a live image That created this illusion of invisibility, but that was just a promotional stunt. [MUSIC] Check out Nissan's rear-view mirror that uses a back-facing camera to feed an image that is free of rear seats, body pillars, or the heads of backs of Seat passengers. Why isn't every car doing this already? [MUSIC] Jaguar's looking forward in its current work to develop interior pillars that are upholstered in flexible display material, and that's fed by exterior cameras. No more losing pedestrians in those ever-thickening pillars these days. [MUSIC] The cameras are the easy part. Art and judging by what LG has been showing lately, the screens may be as well. Jaguar's sibling, Land Rover's developing a full width hub that could fill the lower part of the windshield with an image from chin mounted cameras. Seemingly, rendering the engine bay empty and see through. Beyond off road precision, imagine the reduction in things run over in garages. Samsung isn't in the truck business yet, but they think their displays should be on the backs of them connected to cameras on the front that give the car behind a view through the giant thing making that judgement to pass or not more based on knowledge and less on prayer [MUSIC] And Mini and Qualcom are working on augmented reality glasses that would do more than that usual display of information in your field of vision. Turn to look over your shoulder to park, and suddenly, your eyes are on extension cords. [MUSIC] Having to look like a house fly is perhaps a small price to pay to avoid curving your nice alloys. [SOUND] More car tech be mystified right now on CNETOnCars.com click on Car Tech 101.