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Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept Debuts “See-Through” Imaging

Introduction of new off-road technology, the transparent hood

Greg Emmerson
Apr 8, 2014

Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept Details:

  • Concept features “Transparent Hood” imaging technology
  • Designed to aid off-road driving
  • Camera images projected onto full width heads-up display
  • Technology shows driver what’s under the car

In order to maintain its position as the leader in off-road vehicles, Land Rover has introduced a number of cutting edge technologies over the years, designed to assist the off-road user, but also offering useful on-road applications. It was the first to use air suspension in an off-road application, for example, allowing the ride height to be altered on-the-fly, increasing ground clearance as required. It’s Terrain Response system also allows the driver to set the traction control systems to anticipate conditions such as snow, ice, grass, sand, etc. However, it’s newest technology, seen in the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept, might just blow a few minds by appearing to make the front of the vehicle “see through”.

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Called “Transparent Hood” (or “Bonnet” in the UK), it uses a full-width heads-up display system to show the driver what is under the car and directly in front of it. The information is displayed on a heads-up system that makes the hood appear transparent, giving the driver an accurate image of the terrain. Assuming the cameras aren’t submerged in mud, the Land Rover driver can see the approach to a steep incline or descent, for example, as well as possible ruts or rocks in their path. It displays the angle of the wheels, allowing the driver to maneuver around obstacles more easily.

The “virtual invisibility” will be first seen on the Land Rover Discovery Vision concept that will debut at the New York Auto Show next week. This is the first of the Land Rover Discovery family that will join the existing three-car Range Rover family and a yet-to-be-announced Defender family.

Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept transparent hood tall view Photo 3/4   |   Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept Transparent Hood Tall View

Speaking about the new technology, Dr Wolfgang Epple from Jaguar Land Rover said, “As our vehicles become more capable and offer increasing autonomy off-road, we will ensure the driver has the confidence to progress over any terrain. We are developing new technologies including the Transparent Hood to give drivers an augmented view of reality to help them tackle anything from the toughest off-road route to the tight confines of urban parking.” Stay tuned for more on the Land Rover Discovery Vision concept come the New York Auto Show.

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