Land Rover has introduced a new "see-through trailer" system called Transparent Trailer.
Land Rover has introduced a new "see-through" trailer system called Transparent Trailer.
Designed to eliminate blind spots, the system combines video feeds from the vehicle's surround view camera system with a video feed from a digital wireless camera that is placed on the rear of the trailer or caravan. The videos are then combined to create a see-through image to provide a clear view of what is behind the trailer or caravan.
According to Jaguar Land Rover Director of Research and Technology Dr Wolfgang Epple, "When you are overtaking it is instinctive to check your mirrors, but if you are towing your vision is often restricted with large blind spots. Our Transparent Trailer project is researching how we could offer a view out of the vehicle unrestricted by your trailer, no matter what its size or shape. Our prototype system offers a very high quality video image with no distortion of other cars or obstructions. This means the driver would have exactly the right information to make safe and effective decisions when driving or maneuvering, making towing safer and less stressful."
Besides introducing the Transparent Trailer, Land Rover announced a Cargo Sense system which uses a remote video camera mounted inside the trailer and a mat of pressure sensors on the floor to help customers load cargo evenly and uniformly. It would also alert drivers if the cargo is moving around the trailer in an unexpected or abnormal way while driving.
Check out the press release for additional information