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The era of invisible cars — really

By Tara Baukus Mello ·
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Posted: 6 am ET

It's no longer science fiction, the era of invisible cars has arrived -- really. Mercedes-Benz has created an invisible version of its B-Class F-CELL car, the company's first electric car with a hydrogen fuel cell.

The B-Class F-CELL was introduced in 2010 and about 200 cars have been produced. To draw attention to the car prior to them going into full production in about two years, Mercedes had one car outfitted with special effects gear to make it invisible and then drove it around Hamburg, Germany.

To create the invisible car, flexible LED, or light-emitting diode, mats were fitted to one side of the Mercedes. On the opposite side, a camera transmitted whatever was next to the car to the LEDs, effectively rendering the car invisible. The effect stunned people, causing double takes everywhere the car traveled, whether it was moving or stationary, since the still-visible wheels provide a clue of the car's presence.

The total cost to make the Mercedes B-Class F-CELL invisible was more than $250,000 and even at that, invisibility was limited -- the five batteries powering the technology that created the effect lasted a maximum of five hours before being depleted.

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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1 Comment
May 02, 2012 at 9:35 pm

The only way I have seen this done is if each bank is local. You would go into her bank and pay the car off and receive a reaslee form from her bank. Then go into your bank and pay the car off and get a reaslee from your bank. Bring these papers into DMV and have them swapped. Call DMV first if this is doable to check if additional paperwork is required in your state. Not familiar with the process of changing the names on the loans as mentioned above, but that sounds like the way to go if you don't have cash on hand to pay the cars off, even if just temporary. Was this answer helpful?