This story is from the category Display Technology
Date posted: 09/10/2008
No matter how clean your car's windshield, the view from the driver's seat is less than perfect. Solid features such as dashboard and doors can conceal road hazards such as other vehicles and pedestrians.
Now a team of engineers has come up with a way to make those solid features "disappear", at least from the driver's point of view, without modifying them in any way.
A pair of stereo cameras mounted on the passenger-side wing mirror capture scenery usually hidden from the driver by the dashboard and the solid parts of doors.
A headset worn by the driver projects the cameras' output onto the solid features, displaying a clear view of what hides behind them as if they were transparent.
The researchers say their idea could apply to the A-pillars at either side of the windshield too, which can create blind spots for a driver.
Although a person sitting in the passenger seat would hamper the system, commercial drivers, who are usually alone, could benefit from the system.
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