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Riding in a Self-driving Car

When we drive our cars, we take it for granted we will face forward with hands and feet on the controls and focus our attention on road events in front of us. But when a car can drive itself, those requirements mostly change or even disappear. We face forward to see exterior events through the […]

Transparency as Augmentation

First, watch this terrible car crash caused by lack of visibility (and a poor driving decision): Horror crash E40: Ford Focus vs truck accident (exit Aalter E40 Belgium) LONG VERSION – [youtube.com] Then, consider how this new technology from Samsung could have prevented that crash: Samsung “The Safety Truck” – [youtube.com] Finally, wonder how far […]

Third Person Driver Camera System

Using cameras to augment driver vision has eliminated blind spots. This new version uses a selectable view angle to create a third person viewpoint similar to that used in video games. This technology is likely to expand beyond cars and driving to include many aspects of our daily lives. As video I/O points continue to […]

Transparent Cars

If we don’t need windows in spaceships, we don’t need them in cars either. Retro-reflective screens reflect images straight back at the source of light, instead of at an opposite angle as happens with a mirror. This allows the driver of a car to see what is outside the car, just as though the car […]

Smart Transparent Metallic Glass

In the world of Star Trek, “transparent aluminum” was described as being stronger and lighter than plexiglas. The article below discusses how “smart” glass that can react dynamically to changing light conditions is becoming more cost effective. Previous developments in technology point toward metallic versions of glass that are stronger than steel. The ability to […]