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'Invisible car' illusion baffles the Internet

Posted on Friday, 14 September, 2018 | Comment icon 11 comments

Why does this car appear to be invisible ? Image Credit: Reddit / Tittzo
The photograph, which was posted on Reddit, shows a car with so much shine that it appears almost invisible.
The owner of the car, which despite appearances is actually black, did such a good job of washing and polishing the vehicle that it ended up looking almost indistinguishable from its surroundings.

Social media users have been quick to point out similarities between the vehicle in the picture and a cloaked Klingon vessel from Star Trek as well as the alien from the Predator movies.

The image has also prompted references to Harry Potter's invisibility cloak.

In reality however, the reason the car appears invisible is due to a combination of the lighting conditions, the angle the picture was taken and the fact that the camera is so close.

One of the vehicle's tyres, which is non-reflective, can clearly be seen on the left.
This black car looks like a mirror after being washed. from r/mildlyinteresting

Source: Lad Bible | Comments (11)

Tags: Invisible, Car, Illusion

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Myles on 14 September, 2018, 19:12
I wish I had the money to build an "invisible" car. What I mean is: Use flexible screens for the body and have cameras on the other side projecting onto the screens.
Comment icon #3 Posted by RoofGardener on 14 September, 2018, 19:16
Top Gear actually tried this, using a transit van. It mostly looked like a van with lots of TV screens on it. But then... amazingly..., for a few fleeting seconds, it actually worked. The van disappeared.
Comment icon #4 Posted by pallidin on 14 September, 2018, 19:18
Would THAT be good driving down a highway or through even a "green light" intersection? And what about kids walking in front of you because they can't see you? Or a bicyclist not seeing you? Or a vehicle changing lanes.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Torviking on 15 September, 2018, 8:39
I?m afraid I call photoshop on this. The ?splash? of water is to imitate motion, and looks to be from a hose, while the wheel we can see clearly isn?t moving.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Torviking on 15 September, 2018, 9:33
Sorry about the lncorrect question marks, I think my iPad is having a bad day!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Noxasa on 15 September, 2018, 10:25
The car was parked, not moving. And obviously they chose the best angle for the effect.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Black Monk on 15 September, 2018, 10:41
It doesn't appear invisible. It IS invisible. The British military is using similar technology - which it calls ADAPTIV - to make British Army tanks invisible.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Stiff on 15 September, 2018, 10:47
I saw the car straight away. Then again, I paint cars every day for a living so I'm used to looking atpaintwork from this angle to look for scratches and dents, lol Cool pic though! I might have to try something similar when I next do black
Comment icon #10 Posted by seanjo on 15 September, 2018, 14:03
Sooo light reflection is bizarrein today'sworld?
Comment icon #11 Posted by woopypooky on 15 September, 2018, 14:38
why would anyone want an invisible car? hazardous on the road.

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