Toyota is looking to improve the outward visibility from inside a car with a new patent that makes a vehicle’s A-pillars “invisible,” which was recently published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

According to the patent entry, Toyota’s idea utilising several carefully placed mirrors that bend light around an object, allowing you to see what’s behind it. This solution to a common blind spot differs from relying on exterior cameras to supply a live video feed that is projected onto the pillar.

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has previously shown an approach involving cameras, which it calls the ‘360 Virtual Urban Windscreen‘. The system serves to maximise visibility when navigating around urban environments as well as decreasing the odds of blind spots popping up when manoeuvring through traffic.

Of course, patent submissions are pretty common, so it remains to be seen if such a novel idea will ever make it into production. What are your thoughts on Toyota’s patent that makes driving a little more convenient?