Land Rover creates ‘invisible caravan’

Luxury SUV manufacturer Land Rover has revealed a prototype “see-through trailer” system, which it says will eliminate blind spots when towing a caravan.

Researchers at Land Rover say the new Transparent Trailer technology will effectively render the caravan “invisible” by beaming images of what’s behind the vehicle directly to a display embedded in the vehicle’s reversing mirror.

The system combines videos from cameras embedded in the wing mirrors, rear of the Land Rover, and a wireless camera mounted on the rear of the caravan or trailer, effectively allowing the driver to see what is directly behind them. 

Jaguar Land Rover Director of Research Wolfgang Epple said the project aimed to eliminate 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,” Dr Epple 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 manoeuvring, making towing safer and less stressful”.

In addition to the Transparent Trailer, Land Rover have also developed a pressure sensitive caravan mat which helps you determine if you’ve loaded the caravan correctly, or if your cargo has shifted weight in transit.

The driver will receive smart phone alerts via SMS if adjustments are needed.

Expect to see these technologies rolled our in the near future. 

See the Transparent Trailer in action: