Everyone hates the blind spots created by the A, B and C pillar. A lot of accidents have occurred due to these blind spots, some even fatal. Jaguar Land Rover has done extensive research to eliminate this, and make their vehicles safer, and enhance driver experience. This new technology, will allow the motorist to have an uninterrupted 360* view of the surroundings while driving. The transparent pillar technology, which was shown by Jaguar Land Rover on Monday, has screens embedded into each pillar, which transmits live feed from the outside, “essentially making each pillar transparent. “This was all the blind spots made by the A, B and C pillar are eliminated and the chances of collisions due to blind spots reduce to nil.
“Pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles would be visible all around the car – and by combining the transparent pillars with an advanced high quality Heads-Up display, the movement of other road users could be highlighted to the driver with an on-screen halo moving across the car’s virtual windscreen,” JLR released in its press release.
Apart from this, another new advancement in satellite navigation was made, as part of their bigger “360 Virtual Urban windscreen” program. It`s called the Follow-Me Ghost Car navigation system, it projects a image of a ghost car on the windscreen, which the driver has to follow through traffic, instead of taking using voice navigation or following a map. This makes it much more convenient for the driver, and less distracting as he does not have to concentrate on voice navigation or read maps.
Wolfgang Epple, the JLR director of research and technology, said that the main aim of this new technology was to improve road safety. “Our ultimate aim is to reduce road accidents and enhance the urban driving experience,” Dr Epple said. “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.”
Jaguar Land Rover has always been a pioneer with its futuristic windscreen projection technology. In July, JLR merged virtual racing with real life, by projecting high quality graphics on its windscreen, which was akin to playing a racing simulation game on a high end console like Gran Turismo. None of these technologies are going to be added to the current set of production cars, but Jaguar Land Rover say it won`t be long before they do.