Land Rover transparent trailer technology improves your safety by eliminating a gigantic blind spot directly behind your vehicle with a trailer in tow. The luxury SUV-maker has created a concept system that shows drivers what’s behind them as if the rear-window is free from obstructions. Now, making lane changes, passing or even backing up is a lot safer with a trailer attached.
Land Rover has come up with a way to make trailers appear to be transparent using strategically placed cameras. The system augments a Land Rover’s existing rear-view backup camera, as well as the cameras on the side mirrors, with yet another wireless camera that can be mounted to the back of whatever a vehicle is towing.
All footage from the cameras is intelligently combined into a single feed that’s provided to drivers through an LCD rear-view mirror. The software also ensures that the images being fed to the driver aren’t warped or distorted.
“Our transparent trailer project is researching how we could offer a view out of the vehicle unrestricted by your trailer.”
Dr. Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology at Jaguar Land Rover said, “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.”
Land Rover also announced Cargo Sense, a technology that alerts the driver on the status of their cargo, either while on the move or remotely through a phone app. This innovative trailer monitoring system combines an in-trailer video feed and pressure sensors on the floor to alert users if the cargo becomes unstable or the trailer is tampered with.
While on the move, the system will send a ‘check cargo’ warning to the dashboard to alert the driver of any potential problems with the cargo. When away from their vehicle, users can also check the status of the trailer remotely via the Cargo Sense app.