The All-Seeing Automobile

Nissan is debuting a new technology in Japan this month. It's called the Around View Monitor, and it creates a composite image of the scene around your car. And I want one.

Four cameras, one each at the front corners, one at the back, and another near the driver's side rear wheel, capture the scene as shown in the images on the left. Inside, the driver sees the total picture, a top-down view. This technology could be a dream for parallel parking, and a bonus for parents who don't want to run over Little Susie's favorite toy as they back out of the driveway. The tech is slated to come to the US in December in the new Infinity EX35.—Gregory Mone