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American Journal of Vehicle Design. 2018, 4(1), 1-10
DOI: 10.12691/ajvd-4-1-1
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Research on the Possibility of Camouflaged A-pillars by Using the Quadrangular Prism of Self Invisibility

Yizong He1,

1Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA

Pub. Date: February 02, 2018

Cite this paper:
Yizong He. Research on the Possibility of Camouflaged A-pillars by Using the Quadrangular Prism of Self Invisibility. American Journal of Vehicle Design. 2018; 4(1):1-10. doi: 10.12691/ajvd-4-1-1

Abstract

A novel method to camouflage A, B, C and D pillars of vehicles by using quadrangular prisms of self invisibility has been proposed and is being researched. After comparing with some existing technologies of A-pillar designs which attempt to reduce the area of the blind spot, the effectiveness of the quadrangular prisms and the geometrical and mechanical characteristics have been investigated quantitatively through the concrete size of the driver’s seat of a Lexus. The analyses clearly show that the stealth effect for the A-pillars of trucks and jeeps will be much better than that of cars because of the sharper incline of the A-pillars in trucks and jeeps. The main disadvantage, the sensitivity of the invisible rate with respect to the changing positions of the driver’s eyes due to the varied heights of drivers, was analysed and then some attempts to overcome such a drawback were tentatively suggested.

Keywords:
stealth technology camouflage technology automobile industry A-pillar of vehicle

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