Jaguar Land Rover Shows “Transparent Pillar” Tech

by Paul Strauss

Earlier this year, Jaguar Land Rover introduced a concept technology called the “transparent hood” – which lets drivers see virtually through their hood to obstacles on the road below – which could be very useful in off-road applications. Now, the company is showing off a similar tech which could have applicability in just about any car.

Dubbed the “360 Virtual Urban Windscreen,” the system is designed to provide drivers with unhindered views of traffic, objects and pedestrians who might otherwise be obscured by a vehicle’s structural pillars. “Transparent” pillars would feature built-in screens, and then cameras would relay video on the other side of the “A-“pillars and relay them back to the interior of the vehicle. In addition, when the driver turns their head, the “B”-pillars behind them would work in much the same way, improving visibility when passing.

The system would also include a transparent heads-up display on the windshield. This could automatically alert drivers to the presence of any at-risk pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles. Last, but not least, the display could display a “ghost car” which you could follow as an improved method of navigation.

While it’s unclear if or when we’ll see this technology in a production vehicle, it’s great to see JLR working on such innovative features.

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