Can transformers see in vehicle mode?

Discussion in 'Transformers General Discussion' started by DinobotNny, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. DinobotNny

    DinobotNny Dewbot

    Joined:
    May 18, 2009
    Posts:
    82
    Trophy Points:
    46
    Likes:
    +0
    I just thought of something completely random on my way to work this morning. I was watching other cars on the road and noticed that they don't have eyes (don't ask... this is just the way my mind works sometimes), which isn't a problem, as real cars are controlled by humans who do have eyes. But how do transformers see to know where they are going when they're in vehicle mode? Do they have extra optical sensors in their headlights? Or do they have some kind of psychic alien/robot powers? Or are they just cartoon/movie characters and I'm not supposed to think about it?

    I have a 40 minute drive. My mind tends to wander.
     
  2. Autobot Burnout

    Autobot Burnout SANTARN IS COMING AGAIN TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2008
    Posts:
    26,410
    Trophy Points:
    357
    Location:
    Moxxi's Bar
    Likes:
    +432
    Well, obviously they can somehow since they do have to drive/fly/whatever to places when they need to be "disguised" (exceptions include Armada Sideswipe since he both has his head looking out his alt mode windshield and both versions of Movie Megs since his head is clearly visible in both variants of his crap-modes)
     
  3. Fez Findie

    Fez Findie Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2006
    Posts:
    14,872
    Trophy Points:
    257
    Likes:
    +166
    Considerin' the amounts of stuff they need to stuff into between slottin' and stuffin' mechanics (especially when they disguise inner components like engines) and yet havin' enough tech to act as their own vital hardware between all that... I can't say it better and thus is confusing, but the point is that they gotta have all of that stuff in really compact space or employ some degree of nano technology or...

    Anyways!

    So, I believe fittin' in good enough yet economic sized optics somewhere on the alt mode shouldn't be a problem.

    Or then they are all like that blind guy in GTA San Andreas when on wheels.

    Yeah, that's pushing it, but its a theory. ^^;
     
  4. Geminii

    Geminii Toyetic multiformophile

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2003
    Posts:
    984
    Trophy Points:
    146
    Likes:
    +0
    There's really no reason they couldn't have microscopic optic sensors covering every exterior inch, allowing their entire skin to be the equivalent of a fly's eye.
     
  5. Aernaroth

    Aernaroth <b><font color=blue>I voted for Super_Megatron and Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2004
    Posts:
    23,510
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    347
    Likes:
    +137
    Or they could just have optic equivalents inside their headlights, or mounted on the dashboard/cockpit of their altmode. Also, they could have other forms of perception beyond our idea of an "eye", such as radar, sonar, IR tracking, etc. They might not even see in the same spectrum that we do in bot-mode (which would make sense, given they come from a completely different environment).
     
  6. 03Mach1

    03Mach1 Reason Has No Voice

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2002
    Posts:
    15,268
    News Credits:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    287
    Likes:
    +26
    Ebay:


    Thread over.
     
  7. Wingwolf77

    Wingwolf77 Decepticon Dark lord

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2003
    Posts:
    443
    Trophy Points:
    111
    Likes:
    +0
    This.
     
  8. Mechafire

    Mechafire Veteran TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    May 9, 2008
    Posts:
    24,150
    News Credits:
    30
    Trophy Points:
    291
    Likes:
    +33
    Of course they can.

    If they didn't, they'd always be crashing into shit.

    Just ask Movie Megatron.
     
  9. SPLIT LIP

    SPLIT LIP Dry built

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2005
    Posts:
    66,409
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    407
    Location:
    agile house
    Likes:
    +915
    Well, in Aniamted they're vision si made up of a complex network of visuual sensors. And magic.


    In the movie, until they have a diguise they actually DO have eyes in vehicle mode. Hell, Megs is always peeking around.



    lol Megs is a violent flyer.
     
  10. Shockscream

    Shockscream Chairman of Nerd Day

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2009
    Posts:
    2,817
    News Credits:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    151
    Likes:
    +4
    As has been said, being mechanical beings, they must be able to percieve in numerous other media than simple sight. I'd expect sensor arrays to be positioned all across their bodies forming a network relaying the data back to the CPU. The eyes are shown to have multiple functions in TF1. Optimus generates holographic Cybertron through them and projects light via them to display the Allspark's location when focussed through the glasses.
     
  11. Vexza

    Vexza Nerdicon

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2009
    Posts:
    2,732
    Trophy Points:
    151
    Likes:
    +0
    Well... yeah. They'd just be crashing into stuff all the time if they couldn't.
     
  12. jorod74

    jorod74 Psycholagnist (Ret.)

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2007
    Posts:
    7,559
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    176
    Likes:
    +2
    Ebay:
    IMO, it is no different than basically the Heads Up Display on a plane (and some cars have had it, too.)
    sensors scan and project the information in their head or CPU and they move along.
    the sensors create what they need, so unlike us, they don't have to imagine as we receive information.

    seems simple enough to mw because we have animals that pretty much do that in the wild.
     
  13. Backscatter

    Backscatter Autobot Brainmaster TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2003
    Posts:
    6,774
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    241
    Likes:
    +3
    In RID the Autobots could look at the road and the driver from those little TV screens. :lol  And yes, if they couldn't see they would be crashing into everything.
     
  14. newguy

    newguy i

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2008
    Posts:
    2,913
    Trophy Points:
    151
    Likes:
    +0
    They can't see. They use the power of PRIMUS to lead them where they need to go.
     
  15. Hand Of Omega

    Hand Of Omega Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2009
    Posts:
    1,102
    Trophy Points:
    126
    Likes:
    +0
    I would imagine so. It has to be some sort of advanced sensory array.
    It has to be something practical though, not ESP or anything abstract.
    I never even thought about this, but then again, neither did the creators. :inquisiti 

    I did hear a rumour some time ago that the original Japanese idea for the toy was for each Transformer to have a human companion that would drive them or fly them, much like Voltron, when they are in vehicle mode. That would have made things too cluttered and confusing though if they took that path. :confused2 
     
  16. Brawlastator

    Brawlastator it is our life - jon bovi

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2007
    Posts:
    2,869
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    172
    Likes:
    +2
    Breakaway can.
    [​IMG]
     
  17. Shelfwarmercon

    Shelfwarmercon Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2009
    Posts:
    2,057
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    151
    Likes:
    +1
    All Transformers have invisible seeing-eye robodogs to lead them around when they're in vehicle mode. These dogs run really fast.

    For the flying altmodes they use invisible seeing-eye robo-homing pigeons.
     
  18. Crumplezone

    Crumplezone Banned

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2005
    Posts:
    551
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Likes:
    +0
    Wat abot SUBMAHRINES!?!
     
  19. Blaspherian

    Blaspherian Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2009
    Posts:
    193
    Trophy Points:
    56
    Likes:
    +0
    [​IMG]
     
  20. Gingerchris

    Gingerchris Telly-headed Tyrant

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2005
    Posts:
    14,696
    News Credits:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    262
    Likes:
    +43
    I'm sure they have a sensor net all over. At least a set of sensors placed at the important edges of their alt mode. Maybe one main set of 'eyes'.
    Before I saw this post I was already imagining a terrified seeing-eye dog strapped to Starscream's jet nosecone. :p 

    Starscream: "Stop fouling my paintwork and tell me if there are any mountains coming up."
     

Share This Page