Could a see-through Toyota Prius prevent accidents?

(Credit: Keio University )

Even if you have a dashboard display showing what’s behind your car when you back up, it’s hard to be 100 percent sure you won’t hit something. Or someone. That’s why researchers at Japan’s Keio University are working on a system that makes the back seat invisible, so to speak.

From the driver’s perspective, the back of a car, in this case a Prius, is transparent, thus eliminating blind spots that could conceal hazards. The system is called the “see-through Prius” and it’s being showcased this month at the 2012 Digital Content Expo in Tokyo.

The system is a variant on optical-camouflage technology developed by Susumu Tachi, Masahiko Inami and colleagues about a decade ago.

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