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01/09/2015 07:44 BST | Updated 01/09/2015 07:59 BST

Land Rover Unveils 'Transparent Trailer' Camera Technology To Help Drivers With Blind Spots

Land Rover has unveiled new research that claims to make trailers and caravans transparent.

The company will trial a prototype vehicle at the Burghley Horse trials on 3-6 September.

Underlying the system are four cameras -- two on the side mirrors, one on the rear view mirror and another on the trailer.

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A computer in the car will then combine the images to form an obstruction-free video feed giving the driver a clear view of the back, free of blind spots.

According to motoring.com, the system turns the trailer transparent after it is coupled to the car.

“When you are overtaking it is instinctive to check your mirrors, but if you are towing your vision is often restricted with large blind spots," says Jaguar Land Rover's Director of Research and Technology, Dr Wolfgang Epple, told the site.

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Land Rover's Range Rover already features a camera system which lets the driver see 'through' certain blind spots on the car.

"Our Transparent Trailer project is researching how we could offer a view out of the vehicle unrestricted by your trailer, no matter what its size or shape. Our prototype system offers a very high quality video image with no distortion of other cars or obstructions.

"This means the driver would have exactly the right information to make safe and effective decisions when driving or manoeuvring, making towing safer and less stressful.”

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The system will also include a cargo sense feature to help drivers keep an eye on animal-carrying trailers at all times.

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Using pressure sensors, it will monitor the load and also analyse the temperature to ensure animals do not overheat.

Land Rover say drivers can also check up on their animals via an app which sends a video feed of animals to owners' phones.