I know you’ve seen it before. Certainly in spy photos published on websites like, but maybe you’ve even spotted it on a real car or truck driving on public roads. I’m talking, of course, about vehicle camouflage. Ever wonder about this stuff, what it is, where it came from and how effective it is? This video answers these burning questions and many more.

Written By: Craig Cole
Produced By: Evan Lee Miller

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  1. Nehal Mathew on October 3, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Was there any cars in this video?

  2. Kenyatta Clay on October 3, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    First let me just say that I disagree with the point that automakers don” like the spy shots getting out to the public mainly because it’s the best publicity the could ever have. Recently Ford had to extend delivery dates of the upcoming Bronco because so many people put in orders. I have no doubt that the Bronco would have had a lot of orders however I also have no doubt that all the photo leaks and spy shots amped up the excitement and contributed to the website crashing at one point because it couldn’t handle the traffic.

    Second, this sort of goes back to my first point, the best way to hide is in a crowd. For example have you ever watched one of those movies where someone from a big city is trying to hide from someone and they go to one of these really small southern towns and stick out like a sore thumb. However the best way to hide is to blend in. If auto makers really didn’t want the spy shots taken they would put all the underpinnings on an older frame or create a frame that looks like an older frame and do all of their test that way. Nobody, even car experts are going to notice a vehicle still in development and know it’s the next …

    Lastly, the whole camouflage thing with the ships didn’t really work all that well which is why it didn’t last that long. They found that plain old grey blinded in much better than those designs. It may have caused some confusion at first but it’s sort of like those picture with two faces, it doesn’t take your eyes that long to adjust before you see them both. Even with binoculars it’s can be difficult to see other ships that are painted grey past a certain distance.

  3. haresh2003 on October 3, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Why does CNET still employ this unfunny racist?

  4. JogBird on October 3, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    vanta black would be the ultimate camo

  5. Colin Fox on October 3, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    I’ve never understood the people who think those swirly patterns do anything to confuse what the underlying car looks like. I see it plain as day — almost to the point where I’m wondering if there’s some prank being pulled, because this is super obvious.
    The only camo that I think has ever been effective is when they add body panels/aero kits and decals – that does actually change things and makes the underlying car much harder to recognize. Porsche did this with the Taycan, and that was pretty effective. They had weird headlight stickers that totally changed the shape. But most of these camo shots are obvious and when the real car comes out, it looks exactly like you’d expect it to look.

  6. S M on October 3, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    It’s weird how when you see a car in camouflage in hindsight, you can tell exactly what it looks like but before you have no idea.

  7. skywalkier on October 3, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Look more like attention seekers.

  8. Him Bike on October 3, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Can’t u just buy a white car
    And a lot of magic markers ?

  9. AR S on October 3, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Request to Roadshow (Day 7): Please make a collaboration video of Cooley and Cole

  10. boy638 on October 3, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Car makers camouflage their cars knowing well that the public will see it, which is why I don’t understand some of the aggressive behavior towards photographers.

  11. Lightning Farron on October 3, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    It is annoying when people think they are too clever and claim to be able to see what the car looks like under the camouflage…

  12. BIG JOHN on October 3, 2020 at 5:06 pm


  13. Random Videos on October 3, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Dont be like tfl and get banned from ford😂

  14. Etienne Stander on October 3, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Like the new camouflage from the VW ID series.

  15. Predatory Mistress on October 3, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    i have no words, bro 🌿

  16. Rick James on October 3, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Damn are they that hungry for views? lol

  17. boy638 on October 3, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    Wait, if the vertical line pattern might interfere with some of the safety tech, should the car makers not warn customers from painting/wrapping a style that might compromise their car’s safety systems?

  18. Firoz Iqbal on October 3, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    I always wondered about this. Now I know. Thanks. But I still think blending in with the traffic is the better idea rather than camouflaging

  19. RayNLA on October 3, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    What’s it matter?
    All the cars end up looking alike anyway!

  20. howtobebasic 2 on October 3, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Who wants Cooley back!!!

  21. americanv8ss on October 3, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Volume too low

  22. howtobebasic 2 on October 3, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    What happened to Cooley!!!

  23. L. GT on October 3, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Weren’t you working for autoblog or something?

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