Using a new 'Cargo Sense' smartphone app, passengers will be able to monitor their trailer’s cargo remotely via live video feeds from inside the trailer, as well as data received from a pressure mat. It’s aimed particular at customers who regularly tow horses, livestock or fragile goods.
The wizardry continues with ‘Transparent Trailer’. If you remember Transparent Bonnet (a system to make the front of a car appear see-through to the driver, by projecting an image of the ground beneath onto the windscreen) you’ll get an idea for how Transparent Trailer could work.
Multiple live video feeds from around the car and trailer will be combined to create a single rearward view, displayed on the rear-view mirror, that makes the trailer appear see-through. This then removes the blindspot created by the trailer, making it safer to reverse and manoeuvre in traffic.
‘Our prototype system offers a very high quality video image with no distortion of other cars or obstructions,’ said Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology for JLR. ‘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.’
Land Rover already has a prototype Range Rover research vehicle, which will be demonstrating the technology at the Burghley Horse Trials later this week on 3-6 September.