Land Rover Showcases “Transparent Trailer” Concept
Technology Would Eliminate Blind Spot, Monitor Cargo
Ford may have been first to market with its Pro Trailer Backup Assist technology, but other manufacturers are hard at work to incorporate technological advancements to make towing and hauling safer and more convenient. The latest technology in development that may be coming to a showroom near you soon is Land Rover’s “Transparent Trailer” concept, in which a wireless camera mounted at the rear of the cargo, animal, or travel trailer works in conjunction with the integrated tailgate and outside rearview cameras to make the trailer virtually “transparent.” The high-resolution image has a ghost-like silhouette of the trailer but otherwise shows traffic behind the trailer. The image is projected to the rearview mirror when the vehicle is in drive and transfers the image to the console infotainment display when in reverse.
Another technology being developed in conjunction and parallel with the Transparent Trailer is Cargo Sense, where sensors could detect a load shift or an animal in distress and alert the driver through a smartphone app. The app would also alert owners if the trailer was being tampered with when away. When the technology detects irregular movement in a horse trailer, which would indicate distress or anxiety in the animal, it sends an alert to the vehicle, allowing the driver to pull off the road and assess the situation. You can watch a video demonstrating the technology below.
Source: Land Rover