This new in-house developed system from Land Rover aims to eliminate blind spots when carrying a trailer by using the car’s surround view camera system and a digital wireless camera mounted on the rear of the trailer/caravan. It combines the video feeds of both in order to elaborate a see-through image that allows the driver to see what is going on in the trailer/caravan. This live video feed automatically appears in the rearview mirror inside the vehicle when the trailer is coupled to the towing car.
This new technology makes overtaking safer and also eases trailer maneuvering thanks to the significantly boosted visibility which will also reduce the risks of crashing. Moreover, Land Rover’s engineers have installed sensors in the floor of the trailer which can alert the driver if the load he is carrying is shifting or if a horse is in distress, thus lowering the risks of accidents and injuries.
These sensors are part of the Cargo Sense technology which is basically an in-car trailer monitoring system created to optimize cargo loading for safer towing. It uses a remote video camera mounted within the trailer along with a mat of pressure sensors on the floor that can detect if you load a horse, antique furniture, boxes, classic car or other similar prized possessions.
If something goes wrong, the driver will notice a “Check Cargo” warning displayed on the infotainment’s screen which can also show a live feed from the camera inside the trailer. There’s also a Cargo Sense app which allows the driver to remotely check the status of the trailer and the load while SMS alerts can be sent to the owner’s smartphone whenever a problem occurs, such as if the trailer is tampered with or the temperature inside exceeds the safe levels.
Land Rover will bring a Range Rover research vehicle for demonstration purposes at the Burghley Horse Trials later this week and hopefully they will shed some light about whether these features – and the transparent hood tech - will soon be implemented on a production car.