A horse trailer technology that makes the trailer appear ‘transparent’ from the driver’s seat has been developed by Land Rover to increase safety by eliminating blind spots.
The technology relies on an innovative imaging system combining video feeds from the vehicle’s existing reversing camera and a digital wireless camera placed on the rear of the trailer or caravan.
The two feeds together create live video images that make the trailer behind appear see-through. When the trailer is coupled to the towing car, the live video feed would automatically appear in the rear view mirror inside the vehicle.
The technology allows the driver to have a clear view of vehicles coming up from behind, thus providing better understanding of the surrounding situation for overtaking and manoeuvring.
When reversing, the driver would also be able to view the camera feed from the back of the caravan or trailer through the infotainment screen, with guidance lines calibrated to help reverse both car and trailer.
In addition, the trailer comes equipped with a new app, called Cargo Sense, which draws information from pressure sensors and a camera inside the vehicle to provide information to the driver about the movements of the load inside.
That could be especially helpful in the case of carrying horses, which can get distressed during the journey, but for moving large unstable items as well.
The system would send a ‘Check Cargo’ warning to the dashboard to alert the driver to an issue with the cargo, or a horse, before it becomes serious. Live video footage from the camera inside the trailer could then be made available through the infotainment screen in the vehicle. A passenger would be able to view the footage via the dual screen whilst the vehicle is in motion. Alternatively, the driver could view the video while stationary to assess the situation in the trailer from the safety of the driver’s seat.