See-Through Toyota Prius Showcases Optical Camouflage Tech – Video

See-Through Toyota Prius Showcases Optical Camouflage Tech – Video
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Optical camouflage technology isn’t new. Surfacing several years ago, its creators at Keio University in Japan are now working on an application that could make driving a whole lot safer.

At the 2012 Digital Content Expo in Tokyo, researchers at Keio University showed off a ‘see-through Toyota Prius’ which incorporates the optical camouflage technology to render the back seat invisible, or rather, see-through. This would allow to driver to essentially see exactly what is behind the vehicle, rather than relying on a wide-angle rear view camera that doesn’t really offer a full field-of-view.

The technology basically captures footage from behind the object and projects the background onto the seat. It’s quite similar to the technology Mercedes-Benz used on its invisible F-Cell.

Watch a video below on how optical camouflage looks in action.

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[Source: CNET]