Jaguar Land Rover reveals Virtual Windscreen
Jaguar Land Rover boffins are working on a virtual windscreen and a way to make the A, B, and C pillars of a car transparent to improve all around visibility.
JAGUAR LAND ROVER claims its 360 Virtual Windscreen and transparent pillars will improve visibility for the driver and help to make the road safer. It’s also revealed its Follow MeGhost Car Navigation which projects a ghost car in front of the driver’s car for them to follow, turn by turn, to their destination. But is all this just adding clutter and distraction to the daily drive? Watch the video and then let us know what you think by leaving a comment.
According to JLR, its boffins are exploring adding screens to all of the pillars on a car and cameras to cover all of the angles outside the car normally obscure by the pillars. When the driver indicated, or looked over their shoulder the system would track their eye movement and make the right- or left-hand side pillars transparent to reveal other road users.
Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Our ultimate aim is to reduce road accidents and enhance the urban driving experience. The Jaguar Land Rover research team is developing this technology to improve visibility and to give the driver with the right information at the right time. If we can keep the driver’s eyes on the road ahead and present information in a non-distracting way, we can help drivers make better decisions in the most demanding and congested driving environments.”
“Driving on city streets can be a stressful experience, but imagine being able to drive across town without having to look at road signs, or be distracted trying to locate a parking space as you drive by,” added Dr Epple.
“We want to present all of this information on a Heads-Up Display in the driver’s eye-line, so the driver doesn’t have to seek it out for themselves and take their eyes off the road ahead.”
Will this just make the daily drive more distracting?