posted 4 years ago

Virtual Windscreen Makes Metal Pillars Transparent

Jaguar Land Rover Virtual Urban Windscreen

Jaguar Land Rover is developing a Virtual Urban Windscreen which makes pillars that block the view transparent and replaces sat-nav with a virtual car that can be followed. 

The windscreen could incorporate a screen in each pillar. These would show images from cameras that reveal what is in the blind spots. One camera could show the view to the right of the car, and one the view to the left. The B and C pillars could contain screens too. 

A screen might come to life as a driver indicates at a junction. Alternatively, sensors might recognise that he or she is looking over their shoulder, then switch on the relevant screen.

Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, explained that the: “ultimate aim is to reduce road accidents and enhance the urban driving experience”, and “the Jaguar Land Rover research team is developing this technology to improve visibility”. 

He continues: “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 Windscreen might also include a “Follow Me Ghost Car” Navigation System. This would project the image of a car onto the road ahead. The motorist would set it to drive to a location, then follow it. This system might be easier to use than a traditional sat-nav.

The Windscreen might be connected to the internet too. This could enable it to present information such as the number of empty bays in the nearest car park, or the cost of fuel.

"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," 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".


More reasons to escalate the price of new cars and subsequent repair costs and more reasons to scrap a car before it is worn out for only simple economic reasons. Car designers should have been strangled at birth for trying to turn cars into fighter aircraft. Personally I don't like driving any car where the inside of the windscreen cannot be wiped from the comfort of the front seats - something that is necessary with British weather. Even the best heating and ventilation systems can't cope with four people in damp clothing and a wet dog. From a purely family user point of view the car designs of the 1950's and 60's were far superior and they could be maintained by local labour. To quote the great David Vizard "sound engineering is what gets the job done with the least complexity". Clearly modern cars are not based on a philosophy of sound engineering!

The ghost car in front to equally space traffic is ok in a fantasy world, but it won't stop other drivers from nipping into the gap which will be a little wider than you would normally leave.

I like the idea of the countdown timer on the traffic light, it could save a lot of time on an urban journey.

Good idea and lots of potential but probably at a Mega cost option?