Land Rover Discovery Concept transparent bonnet tech revealed

9 Apr, 2014 8:30am Jack Rix

New ‘transparent bonnet’ technology to debut on Discovery concept in New York

It might sound like fantasy, but Land Rover has revealed a sensational technology highlight for its Discovery Vision Concept car (above) set to debut at the New York Motor Show next week, and you’ll hardly believe your eyes.

By mounting cameras in the car’s grille, the new system transmits pictures to a large head-up display giving the driver a virtual view of the ground ahead of the cars, plus the angle and position of the front wheels.

Land Rover says there are benefits whether you’re climbing a steep rocky incline, or maneuvering in a tight supermarket car park. As you can see in the official infographic, being able to ‘see through’ the bonnet allows the driver to place the front wheels with absolute precision on the road.

Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology for Jaguar Land Rover said: “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.”

Read more on the new baby Land Rover Discovery, which is expected to appear after the Discovery Vision Concept later this year.

Land Rover Discovery teaser profile

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What an absolutely wonderful idea! Surely the best use of heads-up tech yet. And whilst most useful on 4x4s; every car would benefit from this,

Land Rover says there are benefits whether you’re climbing a steep kerb, maneuvering in a tight supermarket car park or on the school run..

They have been very clever if they can keep the forward looking cameras free of dirt - permanent wipers perhaps?

shadow line looks like a tata safari. search for it for those of u who dont know it!

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