Land Rover Transparent Hood Introduced at New York Auto Show
Typically, a small grille mounted camera projects images to a heads-up display, showing essential information such as speed in a display only visible to the driver. The new transparent hood technology has numerous potential applications, like performing tight parking maneuvers and aiding an autonomous driving system.
The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept uses the lower half of the windshield to display the terrain directly in front and, subsequently, below the vehicle. It appears to remove the internal parts of the vehicle, but is just a unique use of augmented reality technology.
The front-end camera captures terrain data that is then processed and fed to the full-width heads-up display, making the hood appear transparent. Not only does it give terrain information, but the system also displays the position and direction of the tires as well. This should make driving and off-roading on trickier surfaces easier, and could help drivers navigate steep 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,” said Dr. Wolfgang Epple, director of research and technology for Jaguar Land Rover.
The full-width heads-up display is essential to the usability of the transparent hood. While the application is expected to make Land Rovers better equipped for off roading, the technology is also expected to transform how drivers interact with their vehicles.
While there is no release date on bringing the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept to production, there is little doubt that this new transparent hood technology will find its way across various Land Rover models in the future.
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