The latest leap forward in driver safety technology will delight most caravanners … it is going to make their caravan disappear from the rear view mirror!
This transparent view concept will allow drivers to clearly see vehicles coming up behind them … even when they have a big a caravan is sitting on their towbar. Restricted visibility is one of the big downsides to towing for many grey nomads but the ‘see-through’ concept being developed by British car maker Land Rover promises to eliminate the blind spots.
The prototype ‘Transparent Trailer’ system combines the video feed from the vehicle’s existing surround camera system – which includes the reversing camera and a camera on each wing mirror – with a video from a digital wireless camera that is placed on the rear of the caravan.
The video feeds are then combined to create the live video images that make the trailer behind appear see-through. When the trailer is coupled to the towing car, the live video feed automatically appears in the rear view mirror inside the vehicle.
“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,” said Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover. “Our prototype system offers a very high quality video image with no distortion of other cars or obstructions which means the driver would have exactly the right information to make safe and effective decisions when driving or manoeuvring.”
When reversing, the driver would also be able to view the camera feed from the back of the caravan or trailer through the infotainment screen, with guidance lines calibrated to help reverse both car and trailer.