Look ma, 'see-thru' bonnet
Pioneering technology is being developed to give Land Rover drivers a digital vision of the terrain ahead by making the front of the car ‘virtually’ invisible.
Cameras located in the vehicle’s grille capture data used to feed a head-up display, effectively creating a 'see-through' view of the terrain through the bonnet and engine bay, breaking new ground in visual driver assistance. The technology is named Transparent Bonnet by its creators.
It enables a driver climbing a steep incline or manoeuvring in a confined space to see an augmented reality view capturing not only the terrain in front of the car but also the angle and position of the front wheels.
Wolfgang Epple, director of research and technology for Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover, said: "We believe the next 25 years will be the most exciting and dynamic the automotive industry has ever experienced. There will be huge strides in environmental innovation, in safety and capability.
"As our vehicles become more capable and autonomous off-road, we will ensure the driver has the confidence to allow the car to continue to progress, over any terrain. We are developing new technologies including the Transparent Bonnet to give drivers anaugmented view of reality to help them tackle anything from the toughest off-road route to the tight confines of an urban car park."
The technology is a feature of the Discovery Vision Concept car to be unveiled in full at the New York show on 16 April 2014.
The concept demonstrates Land Rover’s design vision for a future family of premium SUVs.