New Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept: details and pics

15 Apr, 2014 1:34pm Steve Fowler

New three-model Land Rover Discovery range previewed by Discovery Vision Concept at New York Motor Show 2014

Most impressive of all is the smart glass. This not only acts as a head-up display for traditional instruments, sat-nav and the innovative Transparent Bonnet; it also means info can be displayed on every glass panel (even the roof) for driver and passengers.

Combined with eye tracking and sat-nav, it can apparently spot if a passenger is looking at a landmark, then display information about it on the glass. With gesture control, the passenger can then swipe the info to their 10-inch seatback infotainment screen or their smartphone. Of course, there’s Wi-Fi, too.

The laser headlights complement laser terrain scanning and laser referencing to boost the Discovery’s off-road ability, while the pièce de résistance could well be Remote Control Drive. It works at low speed, so you can operate the car from outside for extreme off-roading or simply driving through tight gates.

Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept seats

From playing catch-up, Land Rover is trying to position itself as a technology leader. But McGovern told us this is being done with a purpose: “It’s about technologies that are enabling versatility, not technology for the sake of it.”

The first of the production Discovery models will be the Freelander-replacing baby Discovery that we believe will be called Discovery Sport. We’ll see the production version later this year. That’ll be followed by a replacement for the full-size Discovery later in 2015.

Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept: top 5 technology highlights 

Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept transparent bonnet

1. Invisible bonnet - Land Rover will let drivers see what front wheels are doing by using range of cameras to relay image on to head-up display.

2. Gesture control - Space-age feature is used to operate everything from doors to lights and indicators – and even the rotary gearshift.

3. Smart Glass - Acts as head-up display for sat-nav and instruments, plus can display info on every panel (even the roof) for driver and passengers.

4. Lasers - Laser terrain scanning and laser referencing boost Discovery’s already legendary off-road ability. It’s got laser headlights, too.

5. Remote drive - Clever Remote Control Drive works at low speed, allowing operation from outside the car – very useful for extreme off-roading.

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