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Jaguar unveils see-through vehicles with 'ghost car' navigation

Date: 16/12/2014 11:19:03
Category: Car tracking
Author: Jack Stanton

A new smart concept car from Jaguar Land Rover allows drivers to see through their vehicles in an attempt to help prevent accidents.

The 'transparent' vehicles use cameras fitted to the outside frame of the car to provide a live feed of what is happening around the vehicle. When a driver looks across to the pillar between the windscreen and passenger door, for example, they will be shown a live feed on the pillar's screen, effectively allowing the driver to see through the frame.

The frames only become 'transparent' when the driver indicates they're looking in that direction, by moving their head or approaching a junction, dailymail.co.uk notes.

The UK-based manufacturer hopes this technology will prevent collisions with cyclists and motorcyclists moving forward. In a further bid for accident prevention, the vehicles can also project a 'ghost car' onto the road ahead which drivers can follow to navigate traffic more effectively, independent.co.uk reports.

Dr Wolfgang Epple, Jaguar Land Rover's director of research and technology, said: "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."

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