High-tech augmented reality system offers 360deg view outside the car and 'ghost car' navigation
15 December 2014

Jaguar Land Rover has released further details of its radical '360 Virtual Urban Windscreen' technology.

First teased on the Land Rover Discovery Vision concept earlier this year, it uses augmented reality technology to give the driver a 360deg view outside the car.

The technology uses screens embedded in each pillar inside the car. These screens receive a live feed from exterior cameras which cover angles that can be obscured by blind spots.

Jaguar Land Rover says this technology would allow cyclists, pedestrians and other vehicles to be visible around the car. When the driver moves their head and indicates to change direction, the system automatically makes the left or right pillars 'transparent'.

When the virtual windscreen is connected to the Cloud, the firm says the technology also has the capability to present information such as the number of nearby available parking spaces or petrol station prices. 

It could also make driving off-road easier because the driver can not only see the terrain ahead but can also track the position of the front wheels. 

Jaguar Land Rover is also developing 'Follow-Me Ghost Car Navigation', which projects a vehicle image in front of the driver's car for them to follow to their destination.

Dr Wolfgang Epple, director of R&D at Jaguar Land Rover, said the transparent pillar technology would also be highly useful in urban conditions.

"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," he said. 

"We want to present all 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."

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9 April 2014

It will also make it easier for the AA patrol man to see which module has melted.

289

9 April 2014

LOL....hilarious, and true.
At first when I read the article I thought April 1st had come around again, but it seems serious.

As you say, just another thing to go wrong (and it will) on a Land Rover product.

9 April 2014

Total Bananas.

www.KOOOLcr.com

 

9 April 2014

If only Mercedes-Benz had thought of it first, then the anti-JLR brigade that pops up whenever a Land Rover-related article appears would think it's a brilliant idea.

289

9 April 2014

....nothing wrong with the concept...really smart, although quite how off roaders have managed without it for 65 years I don't know...!
...no the problem is 'Barry of Solihull' nailing it together on one of his bolshie days...disaster written all over it.
Complexity and Land Rover are an unhappy mix, just ask an RAC patrolman.

9 April 2014
289 wrote:

....nothing wrong with the concept...really smart, although quite how off roaders have managed without it for 65 years I don't know...!
...no the problem is 'Barry of Solihull' nailing it together on one of his bolshie days...disaster written all over it.
Complexity and Land Rover are an unhappy mix, just ask an RAC patrolman.

Ok nimwit....how much more reliable is an M-class. There are plenty of examples with huge quality issues and being carried on tow trucks!!! Just ask an RAC patrolman, pretentious prick!!

289

9 April 2014

Well I have never seen an ML on the back of a tow truck, and I cover over 35,000 miles a year mostly on motorways.
Also neither of my ML's have ever 'failed to proceed'.
I do see however, practically every day a Land Rover product being carried off.
Speaks for itself, but don't take my word for it...ask a recovery driver what brand he most has to recover.
BTW nothing pretentious about my prick...thanks for asking though.

9 April 2014
289 wrote:

Well I have never seen an ML on the back of a tow truck, and I cover over 35,000 miles a year mostly on motorways.
Also neither of my ML's have ever 'failed to proceed'.
I do see however, practically every day a Land Rover product being carried off.
Speaks for itself, but don't take my word for it...ask a recovery driver what brand he most has to recover.
BTW nothing pretentious about my prick...thanks for asking though.

Well you might be ashamed at admitting your imaginary MLs are nothing but high maintenance pretenders. the Which and Parkers reviews are quite honest about their maintenance issues.

Why don't you ask about the poor reliability reputation of mercs when doing your 35,000 miles or whatever, before picking on Barry of Solihull.

And I did not ask, I said 'you are a prick!!'

289

9 April 2014

I might have known that irony was wasted on you shortbread !!! I know what you SAID, I was taking the mickey...doh!
Oh and if you think my ML's are imaginary, suggest you ask the editors of Haymarket...they know me and my cars...I don't need to imagine....never failed to work, never failed an MOT and apart from routine maintenance have worked perfectly. I am aware that some of the early W163's were less than perfect, but I can only speak as I find, mine hasn't missed a beat, and neither has my W164.
I have driven Mercedes-Benz for 25 years and BMW before that for 15 years. None have ever let me down.

9 April 2014

@289

So you haven't owned or had a poor experience with a Land Rover product yourself but decided to play the expert nonetheless!!

While you might be a german fanboy, there are plenty of Land Rover owners who are more than happy with their cars. And when the time comes they prefer to replace them with new Land Rovers again and again.

Barry and many like him are doing a great job in Solihull nowadays. So instead of blindly scathing a British product why don't you drive a new JLR car and enlighten yourself.

There isn't a single product in merc's line up that is better than or even comparable to anything made with a Land Rover/Range Rover badge today.

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