Toyota recently took out a patent to create see through pillars, and the automaker does so using a very practical setup that is much more affordable than the camera and screen setups some luxury automakers used in the past. Instead of cameras and screens, Toyota plans to use a series of mirrors to create the illusion of a set of see-through pillars at the front of the vehicle.

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How the New Tech Works

It’s not clear exactly how the technology works, but apparently a series of special mirrors create a see-through pillar experience at the front of the vehicle. Since mirrors are utilized for the illusion, it shouldn’t be very expensive to implement the technology. If Toyota can find a way to make the tech work well enough, it’s likely that it will show up on all of the Toyota vehicles in the future, as well as Lexus models and maybe other vehicles from other manufacturers as well.

Enjoy Safer Driving

If you’ve ever been driving and missed someone out of your blind spot at the front of the vehicle due to the pillars, you already understand how see-through pillars could benefit drivers. While small, there are decent blind spots at the front of most vehicles today due to the structural pillars used. They’re necessary, but they can create some dangerous driving situations as well. With a set of see-through pillars, it’s possible to remove that danger almost entirely and create substantially safer driving conditions overall.

While most automakers are looking to make major technology advancements through artificial intelligence, computers and expensive technology, Toyota shows that you can improve vehicles notably with simple enhancements as well. Something as basic as a set of mirrors can make a world of difference when utilized properly, and that’s pretty cool.

It’s likely that we’ll see this technology show up on Toyota vehicles in the future, but for now we’ll have to speculate about how it all works and wonder exactly how those pillars are going to look when they finally make it onto a production model vehicle from Toyota. It’s likely that we’ll see the technology make its debut at an auto show first, before it finally makes it onto vehicles for sale.