'Follow Me' car navigation
Jaguar Land Rover is developing a 'Follow Me' navigation system as well as transparent pillars to give a 360º uninterrupted view.
They explain that we all agree that an efficient way to navigate is to follow someone who knows the best route. Hence their team is developing '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.
Jaguar Land Rover has also launched a research project to develop technologies that will offer drivers a 360º view out of their vehicle, uninterrupted by the pillars that support the roof - giving a clear view of pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles around the car.
A screen would be embedded in the surface of each pillar inside the car and would take a live video feed from cameras covering the angles outside the car usually obscured in the blind spots created by the pillars themselves.
It seems that both the transparent pillars and an advanced head-up display (HUD) would alert the driver by highlighting any local relative movement with an on-screen halo moving across the car's virtual windscreen.
Jaguar Land Rover's Director of Research and Technology explains:
'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.'
Details from NDTV Auto below . .