How would you like to drive as if the hood and engine were not hampering visibility?
A technology allowing such a feat is being developed to give Land Rover drivers a digital vision of the terrain ahead by making the front of the car “virtually” invisible.
Land Rover explained 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 hood and engine bay, breaking new ground in visual driver assistance.
The technology, named Transparent Bonnet by its creators, shows how advanced technology will take Land Rover’s unrivalled capability to the next level, said the British company.
The technology, added Land Rover, enables a driver climbing a steep incline or maneuvering 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.
“We believe the next 25 years will be the most exciting and dynamic the automotive industry has ever experienced,” said Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology for Jaguar Land Rover. “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.”
Opening the doors to Jaguar Land Rover’s advanced research, the Discovery Vision Concept car is a design and technology showcase which will be unveiled in full at the New York International Auto Show on April 16, 2014.
The company stated the concept demonstrates Land Rover’s design vision for a future family of premium SUVs built on Land Rover’s key principles of emotive design, unrivalled capability and ultimate versatility.