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'Transparent' Prius concept lets you see through the back seat, for safety

Autoblog -- 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.



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Submitted Dec 07, 2012 By: BennoBlue
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StArrow68
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 12:52:51 PM

Possibly not working for me, as the last three cars I've driven have either not had a back seat, MGB and Corvette and inbetween a Nissan Pulsar that I never had the back seat up for seating, just used the back as a permanent hatch. Since that covers almost 40 years, not likely to change now.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 7:59:15 AM

I'll pass on that one. Thanks.
bston
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 12:44:43 AM

Camouflage technology; now there's an idea for cars!
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 8:36:23 PM

Weird.
CDMAuto
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 3:58:41 PM

what ever
skinsfan125
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:38:41 AM

hopefully, this is like a one way mirror, you can look out but they cant see in.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:37:37 AM

Hocus Pocus!
SycamoreISU
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:32:52 AM

This sounds more like a gimmick than a safety feature. What if people are actually sitting in the seat?
TTM77
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:26:09 AM

lol bad idea.
RedskinGas
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:25:12 AM

This should only work when you have the car in reverse.
032946
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:22:11 AM

Souonds like a gimic to me. Just another didtraction for dirvers.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:20:21 AM

Sounds pretty cool, but how will it affect what I pay for gas?
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:20:19 AM

Doesn't sound practical to me.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:14:13 AM

That is what a rearview mirror is for. It can be inside or outside the drivers area.
tomok
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:52:30 AM

'Transparent' Prius concept lets you see through the back seat, for safety, more distracted driving by looking at the backseat to see what is behind you and not out the windshield. This might apply in some applications but not for this one. Mirrors (rear view and side) work very well, why not stay with a proven application? Redesign that boxy Prius so this does not need to happen. If someone is sitting on the backseat what will they look like from the front? Harry Potter and the invisible cape?
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:52:16 AM

interesting..........
Rhino8of8
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:39:13 AM

Interesting idea, but (to me), it reduces the skill or increases driver's need for technology in order to drive. If they no longer have that car, or have to drive some other vehicle, won't they be lost?

For example, was on a business trip with someone who had automatic headlights on his personal vehicle. After 20 minutes of driving in near dark (late dusk), I asked him if he would mind turning on his headlights.... he FORGOT that HE needs to have lights on?

And that was SIMPLE tech. These higher end things... Oh what I can imagine. "Sorry, judge. I ran over that kid because I wasn't driving my car with the beepers that let me know there is something behind me."
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:38:28 AM

usually.. it is most prudent to face backward while moving in reverse..

ever heard the phrase "why don't you look where you're going?"

well... likely that's because you weren't!


[Edited by: Joeski1 at 12/7/2012 9:41:43 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:36:47 AM

Kinda weird.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:35:14 AM

Strange concept when it would be a lot easier to simply display what's behind on a dashboard display.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:28:35 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:25:50 AM

How well does the concept work with passengers or packages in the back seat? I don't see this being a viable offering any time soon.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:18:06 AM

ok...so....?
cableman31
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:17:58 AM

What ever happened to the old fashioned turning your head. Today drivers are getting so lazy it's a disgrace. Most drivers today, and I use that term very loosely, CAN'T DRIVE. Sure they can make the car go but that isn't driving. There is a lot more to it then just making the car move. And the biggest problem on the road today is most drivers think they are the only one on the road and they do things without looking.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:17:51 AM

Driving backwards takes a big leap.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:15:45 AM

No thank you
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:14:30 AM

Just when you thought you heard it all.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:12:06 AM

It's still a Prius.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:11:10 AM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:11:08 AM

Bad idea!
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:11:04 AM

Why not just lower the belt line around the car? Back windows seem to get smaller every year due to the raised belt.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:10:04 AM

don't the Japanese Auto makers have BLIS? American cars are so superior to the world now it's just laughable.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:09:29 AM

And if the camera fails ? See ya !
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:06:57 AM

bad idea. when this fails and someone relies on it, bad accidents occur.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:06:52 AM

Will this replace back seat drivers??? lol
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:06:12 AM

What will it cost
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:05:34 AM

Just another way to eliminate good driving habits.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:05:24 AM

Whatever makes cars safer is a good thing.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:05:02 AM

More to raise sticker prices
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:05:00 AM

A little mind blowing.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:04:30 AM

What about when people want to use the back see for more traditional uses... Does that mean everyone can watch... LOL
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:04:26 AM

Wonderful.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:02:27 AM

Good idea if it works
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:02:22 AM

Interesting, but has NOTHING to do with gas prices or MPG!
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:02:19 AM

dumb
INBwana
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:00:59 AM

How you going to see through the passengers? Sounds like more cost than practical.
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:00:51 AM

I guess you won't be seeing kids using that car to go "parking".
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:00:40 AM

Does it make the backseat passengers invisible, too? Now we're talking!
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:00:13 AM

Okie dokie
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 8:59:53 AM

many drivers can't even go straight ahead
kyrunner
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 8:59:11 AM

Okay! WOW. How far we have deviated from articles about gas!
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