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The road is clear for the transparent car

Friday, 16 November 2012 | By Michelle Hammond

start-up-idea-transparent-carA transparent vehicle that projects the outside world on its interior has been developed by Japanese researchers.

 

It is being designed in Tokyo to help drivers with parking, projecting a panoramic view of the area behind the car onto the rear seats.

 

The view would include children, animals or other objects that may be invisible below the rear window. Drivers who struggle to parallel park may find this invention particularly useful.

 

The car appears transparent from the inside, allowing drivers to “see through” the rear bodywork. It works via two cameras on the boot lid that capture a full view of the scene behind the car.

 

“The driver will feel like he’s driving a glass car,” said Masahiko Inami from Tokyo’s Keio University.

 

A Japanese car manufacturer is said to be already working with the laboratory to put the technology into production.

 

How else might you reduce the number of accidents caused by reversing vehicles?