JLR 360 Virtual Urban WindscreenJaguar Land Rover has revealed a prototype new windscreen with transparent roof pillars and ‘ghost car’ sat nav instructions, as part of an ongoing research project.

The new tech sees screens mounted in the pillars that turn a live feed from cameras outside the car into a ‘see through’ virtual window.

They would be switched on when the driver indicated either left or right, highlighting obstructions normally obscured by thick metal windscreen pillars.

In addition, an advanced ‘Heads-up’ display projects a ‘follow me’ ghost car onto the prototype screen, for intuitive turn-by-turn sat nav instructions.

“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,” said Dr Wolfgang Epple, director of research and technology at JLR.

The 360 Virtual Windscreen could also be connected to the Cloud, so available parking spaces could be highlighted on the windscreen rather than drivers having to peer for spaces.

“The Jaguar Land Rover research team is developing this technology to improve visibility and to give the driver with the right information at the right time.”

The development is a development of the innovative Virtual Windscreen revealed back in July. This demonstrated how a virtual car could showcase the ideal racing line on a circuit.

Land Rover has also demonstrated ‘Transparent Bonnet’ technology which uses cameras to make off-roading easier. It seems JLR is now coordinating all technologies and integrating it with the Cloud to further enhance functionality.

Whether today’s announcement means the technology has taken another step closer to production remains to be seen…