9 April 2014

Land Rover's Invisible Car Technology

Research is underway to give Land Rover drivers a digital vision of the terrain ahead by making the front of the car 'virtually' invisible, writes Trish Whelan.

It will allow a driver tackle anything from the toughest off-road route to the tight confines of an urban car park, providing a 'reality' view of not only the terrain in front of the car, but also the angle and position of the front wheels.

Cameras in the vehicle's grille capture data used to feed a Head-Up Display, creating a 'see-through' view of the ground terrain through the bonnet and engine bay, breaking new ground in visual driver assistance.

The technology, which the creators called Transparent Bonnet, shows how advanced technology will take Land Rover's unrivalled capability to the next level.

The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept to be unveiled at the New York International auto Show on 16 April sports this technology. It will showcase Land Rover's design vision for a new family of Discovery vehicles. From the city to the sand dunes, the brand's new, driver-assisting technology will enable safer, smarter and more enjoyable driving in the SUVs of tomorrow.