Land Rover’s Transparent Trailer Technology Could Change the Way We Haul
The days of blind spots when you are towing may soon be over, in large part thanks to a group of researchers at Land Rover. While it’s still a concept, they have developed a technology that could completely eliminate the blind spot behind you while you are towing.
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The technology combines the video feeds from the existing reverse camera on the rear of your Land Rover with cameras on the wing mirrors and a wireless digital camera on the rear of the trailer. The combined video feed then projects directly on the rear view mirror inside the vehicle, making the trailer appear almost invisible.
The primary goal of this project is to create a safer, more aware towing experience that keeps your view from being restricted by a trailer, no matter how large it may be.
Dr. Wolfgang Epple, who is the Director of Research and Technology at Jaguar Land Rover, said, “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.”
Along with this innovative technology, Land Rover is also working on what they are calling Cargo Sense. Cargo Sense monitors the inside of your trailer and your cargo inside via a video feed and pressure sensors on the floor.
If your cargo begins to shift or your trailer is tampered with in any way, Cargo Sense will alert you via an app on your phone. If you are on the road and your cargo begins to shift, a “check cargo” warning will flash on the dashboard, so that you are always aware of the status of your cargo.