Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept's Technology Is Like X-Ray Vision | Edmunds

Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept's Technology Is Like X-Ray Vision


Just the Facts:
  • The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept features "transparent hood" technology to help in off-road driving and tight spaces, the automaker said on Tuesday.
  • The concept debuts at the 2014 New York Auto Show.
  • The transparent hood "breaks new ground in visual driver assistance," the company said.

MAHWAH, New Jersey The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept features "transparent hood" technology to help in off-road driving and tight spaces, the automaker said on Tuesday. The concept debuts at the 2014 New York Auto Show.

The technology is one of the most intriguing features set for a rollout in the Big Apple, since it takes the use of vehicle cameras and a traditional head-up display to the next level.

The transparent hood "breaks new ground in visual driver assistance," the company said.

Instead of a literal see-through hood, cameras located at the front of the vehicle capture data and are used to feed a head-up display across the bottom of the windshield. Land Rover said the setup effectively creates "a see-through view of the terrain through the hood and engine bay" via "augmented reality."

"The technology enables a driver climbing a steep incline or negotiating turns in a confined space to see a virtual view of both the terrain in front of the car and the angle and position of the front wheels," it said.

There is no word yet on what such a feature would cost or when it will be available in a production vehicle.

The concept is an important one because in addition to previewing future technology, it will "showcase the essence of a future family of SUVs built on Land Rover's key principles of emotive design, unrivaled capability and ultimate versatility," the company said.

Edmunds says: Presumably, the transparent hood technology could have an impact on future vehicle design, since the shape and length of the SUV's front end would not affect driver visibility.

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