If you’ve ever hauled a trailer, you can testify about the guessing game created by the massive blind spot the trailer creates. Today we learn that Land Rover is working on a solution to this issue by creating a new system that makes the trailer see through… sort of.
No, Land Rover hasn’t developed a special cloak that makes the trailer transparent. Instead, it uses the existing rearview camera and wing cameras on the SUV combined with a special rear-facing camera on the trailer to create this effect. The Transparent Trailer system then compiles these feeds and spits out a video on the rearview mirror that makers the trailer look like its invisible. It also acts as a rearview camera when backing up with a trailer.
This is similar to the transparent hood concept Land Rover released earlier, but this one is far more useful. You can see a video of this system in action below.
Making the trailer see through isn’t Land Rover’s only goal in making hauling cargo safer. It is also working on a sensor mat inside the trailer that sense the cargo shifting or a horse in distress and alerts the driver via a “Check Cargo” light on the dash.
This system will also have a cellphone app that will make accessing it quick and simple.
Land Rover has yet to announce plans to put this system into production, but it will be showing off the concept on September 3rd through 6th at the Burghley Horse Trails.
Though there is no info on this officially appearing on Land Rovers around the world, I would venture to say that this will eventually make it to production. Hauling trailers can be highly dangerous, and a system like this only makes sense.
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