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End of the blind spot? Jaguar car gives drivers 360° vision thanks to cameras that make window pillars ‘transparent’

While cars have come on leaps and bounds in the last few decades, one serious problem remains: most still have a significant blind spot where the pillars of the car are.

But now a new concept might finally have solved that problem, using cameras to make the pillars ‘transparent’ when the driver looks towards them and give them 360 degree vision.

The car also has a ‘smart’ windscreen that displays hazards and projects a ‘ghost car’ to help the driver find their way through traffic.

It has cameras fitted to the outside frame of the car to provide a live feed onto screens on the pillars inside the car. This essentially makes them see-through, with the feed kicking in the moment the driver indicates, moves their head over their shoulder or approaches a junction. It is hoped the technology, which is still in concept form, could reduce the potential for accidents.

Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology at UK-based 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 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 invention is part of Jaguar Land Rover’s ‘360 Virtual Urban Windscreen’ research, which also hopes to improve a driver’s navigation. Engineers are also developing the ‘Follow-Me Ghost 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. 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.

Dr Epple added: ‘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. 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: The Daily Mail

Match each word with a definition.


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1. hazard

a) requiring much time, attention, or effort

2. demanding

b) a place where roads or railroad lines come together

3. landmark

c) a source of danger

4. junction

d) to make (something) better

5. to improve

e) an area around a car, truck, etc., that the driver cannot see

6. blind spot

f) an object or structure on land that is easy to see and recognize


1-c, 2-a, 3-f, 4-b, 5-d, 6-e



on leaps and bounds

rohamosan, ugrásszerűen

blind spot



A-oszlop (az autó szélvédőjének szélén)



fitted to

valamihez rögzített






csomópont, útkereszteződés

to enhance

javítani, erősíteni

to improve



nem figyelemelvonó


megerőltető, nagy figyelmet igénylő




feltűnő tereptárgy, épület



to seek out


Kapcsolódó anyagok

Egyéb megjegyzés