Jaguar Land Rover is testing a new 360-degree virtual urban windshield which gives drivers a full view of the environment around the car and eliminates blind spots that often lead to accidents.
Video screens embedded in the A pillars make them virtually invisible and augmented reality software identifies and selects pedestrians, cars and important signs the driver should be aware of on the windshield.
The new technology is a broader take on the head-up display that many automakers already use.
HUDs typically project speed, rpm and other useful information on the windshield. With the Jaguar Land Rover system, pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles would all be visible from inside the vehicle, with small video cameras watching blind spots.
Jaguar Land Rover says the technology could also be used to project a virtual ghost car in front of a driver. Unlike the GhostDash, however, it’s not for improving a driver's track times -- it's meant to be followed like a navigation assistant. The system could also enhance navigation by advising the driver to turn at easy-to-see landmarks, as opposed to unfamiliar streets.