Jaguar Land Rover develops transparent pillars and ghost car navigation

Technology 15 Dec 2014
Jaguar Land Rover develops transparent pillars and ghost car navigation

Jaguar Land Rover has launched a research project to develop a 360 degree view that uses screens embedded in the pillars, as well as the Follow-Me Ghost Car Navigation system.


Following the recent presentation of the Virtual Windscreen technology, Jaguar Land Rover has now revealed new details on the evolution and possible applications of this set of technologies.

In particular, the so-called 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen aims at removing all the obstacles and present the driver and passenger with a full 360 view of the car’ surrounding environment.

The system uses a set of screens embedded in the surface of each pillar inside the car and fed with a live video signal from cameras covering the angles outside the car usually obscured in the blind spots created by the A, B and C-pillars.

Jaguar Land Rover - Follow-Me-Ghost-Car Navigation

Another interesting application is the ‘Follow-MeGhost Car Navigation’, which projects an image of a vehicle in front of the driver’s car for them to follow, turn by turn, to their destination.

Below we report additional information and statements from the press release.

From the official Press Release:

[…] 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.

When the driver indicates to change direction, when they move their head to look over their shoulder during an overtake manoeuvre, or as the vehicle approaches a junction, the system would automatically make the left or right-hand side pillars transparent.

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.”

The full potential for the 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen would be delivered by connecting the virtual windscreen to the Cloud.

By connecting the car to roadside infrastructure and businesses in the urban landscape, the Virtual Urban Windscreen could present information ranging from petrol station prices to the number of parking spaces available, so drivers won’t have to look for this information themselves.

The connected car could also enhance navigation by advising the driver to turn left or right at more visible landmarks, such as pubs or shops, rather than just road signs or street names.

While the most intuitive and efficient way to navigate to a specific location is to be able to follow someone who knows the best route – so the Jaguar Land Rover team is developing ‘Follow-MeGhost Car Navigation’,which projects an image of a vehicle in front of the driver’s car for them to follow, turn by turn, to their destination.

“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.”

(Source: Jaguar Land Rover)

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