Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Land Rover | posted April 10, 2014 06:18
This new technology gives drivers unparalleled view of what is directly in front of the vehicle.
Land Rover has just revealed a new visual imaging concept at the New York International Motor Show that gives the driver ‘x-ray vision’ to see through the hood and everything in it.
Called the Transparent Bonnet virtual imaging concept, it provides a ‘see-through augmented reality view of the terrain ahead’ by using cameras located in the vehicle’s grille. The images captured are then fed to a monitor inside the cabin and the effect is nothing short of impressive.
From the comfort of the driver’s seat, one can view what is directly in front and underneath the vehicle as if you had Superman’s x-ray vision.
This technology will give the driver, in an off-road scenario, comprehensive information about the terrain that lies directly ahead. In situations where the angle and position of the front wheels determine the success overcoming a steep ascent, this will take the off-roading capabilities of Land Rovers to the next level.
“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 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,” said Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology for Jaguar Land Rover.