Land Rover reveals transparent trailer technology

AUTHOR: Inavate

Land Rover’s researchers are developing transparent trailer technology designed to eliminate the blind spot when towing a large item like a caravan or trailer. It has been designed to allow the driver to clearly see vehicles coming up behind them. The prototype technology combines the video feeds from the existing reversing camera on the vehicle and the cameras on the wing mirrors with an additional wireless digital camera on the rear of the trailer.

This combined video feed is then automatically sent to the rear view mirror in the vehicle making the trailer appear see-through.

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. 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 manoeuvring, making towing safer and less stressful."