Cameras are a common safety feature in cars these days, but Land Rover has taken this type of technology to a whole new level.
Land Rover's Discovery Concept SUV – which will debut at the New York International Auto Show next week – has a new feature that provides full visibility of what is underneath and in front of the car by making the hood look transparent to the driver.
This new “see-through” feature, called Transparent Bonnet virtual imaging technology, has cameras and a full width display at the bottom of the windshield to make the hood look virtually invisible.
In a press release from Land Rover, the technology is described in greater detail:
“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.”
This new feature not only shows the driver what’s in front of the car, but it also allows a driver climbing a steep incline or maneuvering in a tight space to see the angle and position of the front wheels.
"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,” Dr. Wolfgang Epple, director of research and technology for Jaguar Land Rover, said in a statement. “We are developing new technologies including the Transparent Bonnet to give drivers an augmented view of reality to help them tackle anything from the toughest off-road route to the tight confines of an urban car park."