If you think “transparent” hood and “transparent” A pillar were crazy concepts, wait till you see what Nissan has installed for the future of motoring. The Japanese automaker has taken to the CES 2019 to present a futuristic concept technology called Invisible-to-Visible (I2V). So what exactly is I2V? In simple terms, it is a technology that lets you see beyond what your vision cannot see, like for examples, seeing a car ahead of you around the bend, or a motorcycle speeding to the join the highway but blocked by a semi truck. With I2V, you will be able to ‘see’ those vehicles or people as virtual objects on a special eyewear you wear when you drive.
Now, that right there is the future. I reckon it’d feel like everything is transparent, like what happens if light does not travel in straight line anymore. And here’s an overview in more geeky words:
“I2V will support drivers by merging information from sensors outside and inside the vehicle with data from the cloud. This enables the system not only to track the vehicle’s immediate surroundings but also to anticipate what’s ahead – even showing what’s behind a building or around the corner. To make driving more enjoyable, guidance is given in an interactive, human-like way, such as through avatars that appear inside the car.”
The system will also ensure stress-free driving, whether or not you actually drive in future (because, autonomous?), by seeing horrendous traffic jams ahead and divert you to an alternate route. Nissan Invisible-to-Visible Technology Concept is an ambitious technology that, TBH, I doubt we will see fruition anytime soon.
It is a future tech that will have its fair share of questions on privacy and whatnot. Anywho, those are things for people of the future to debate about. In the meantime, keep going for a 50-second video that does a good job explaining what I2V is about.
All images courtesy of Nissan USA.