|2013 Ford Fusion|
One of the things I like about cars, as opposed to motorcycles, bicycles or shoes, is that they do provide you with a protective shell. An important part of that shell is the A-pillar, the steel roof supports on either side of the windshield. In order for that shell to protect you it needs to be strong, and in order to be strong, those struts need to have some size to them. Normally, like when you are driving down the highway that is not a problem. You are looking straight ahead and the struts are not in your way.
Driving around town, turning corners, looking out for pedestrians, and those struts become blind spots keeping you from seeing those fools who are hiding from you. You can get around this by moving your head back and forth and while it is not much of a problem, you still have temporary blind spots wherever your head is.
So how about we put narrow video displays on those A pillars along with an outside camera to show you what you are missing? It would take some sophisticated software to munge what the camera sees into what you would see if the A-pillar wasn't there, but as Google Street View has demonstrated, we are past masters at munjing video.
There is the problem that current display technology cannot show you everything you could see with your native eyeballs, but that is only a problem with distant stuff, like looking a half mile down the highway. Stuff that is within your area of concern when you are turning a corner, which is when you would want to use these A-pillar displays, would not be a problem.
P.S. An A-pillar story.
|1962 Ford Sunliner|
P.P.S. The Science Fiction novel Blindsight might have had something to do with this.