Cars, Technology

‘Transparent Trailer’ technology ~ Birmingham Post

Land Rover have revealed their new technological development in the form of the ‘transparent trailer’ system! Further to their ‘see-through bonnet technology‘ the company have been working on removing the blind spot which is created when towing a caravan or trailer.

‘The prototype ‘Transparent Trailer’ system combines the video feed from the vehicle’s existing surround camera system – which includes the reversing camera and a camera on each wing mirror – with a video from a digital wireless camera placed on the rear of the trailer or caravan. The video feeds are then combined to create the live video images that make the trailer behind appear see-through.’

transparent trailer

‘As part of the latest technology, Land Rover is also developing something called Cargo Sense.

The prototype system combines a remote video camera inside the trailer and a mat of pressure sensors on the floor, that both link wirelessly to the towing vehicle.

The pressure sensitive mat would detect if a load of boxes, antique furniture, a classic car were moved, or even whether a horse is moving around the trailer in an unexpected or abnormal way whilst travelling or stationery and alert the driver accordingly.

The Cargo Sense app would also the driver to check the status of both trailer and load remotely when the owner is away from the trailer.

If a horse owner is away from the horse trailer, the system could automatically alert the owner via SMS if the horse is distressed, if the temperature inside has exceeded safe levels, or if the trailer is being tampered with.’

Enda Mullen (Birmingham Post)

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Cars, Modern, Technology

The Thorium Car ~ Collective Evolution

Here’s an interesting read from back in March – regarding a nuclear powered car!

Thorium-Concept-Car

‘As far as fueling a car goes, it could run for 100 years on just 8 grams of fuel. A company called Laser Power Systems has been working on creating an emissions free turbine/electric generator powered by nuclear thorium lasers’

If your car was powered by thorium, you would never need to refuel it. The vehicle would burn out long before the chemical did. The fuel would in fact out live you.

Thorium is a naturally occurring radioactive chemical element, and is most popular for its potential to replace current nuclear energy generation by implementing reactors powered by thorium, which would be an alternative to uranium. It’s definitely a much safer fuel for civilian power plants than uranium.

“If a thorium, molten-salt reactor can be successfully developed, it will remove all fears about nuclear energy,” says Fang Jinqing, a retired nuclear researcher at the China Institute of Atomic Energy. “The technology works in theory, and it may have the potential to reshape the nuclear power landscape, but there are a lot of technical challenges”‘

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