Land Rover augments off-road reality with amazing Transparent Bonnet tech

With very few exceptions, production off-road vehicles all mount their engine up in front. The trouble is that the hood can obstruct the view to the terrain ahead. Leave it to Land Rover, then, to come up with a novel solution.

When the doors open at the Javitz Center next week for the 2014 New York Auto Show, Land Rover will present its new Discovery Vision Concept. The vehicle will show the way forward for the brand's next generation of SUV, and included with it will be this Transparent Bonnet system. The system uses cameras located in the grille to project an image of the terrain ahead on the vehicle's Head-Up Display, making the hood virtually transparent to make navigating up-close obstacles like large rocks and narrow tracks that much easier.

It's just one of the new technologies which Land Rover will demonstrate in the new Discovery concept, and – like the depth sounders mounted in the mirrors of the Range Rover Sport – the system follows a proud tradition of technological innovation pioneered or adopted by Land Rover to enable more capable off-roading. Check out the system in action in the video and the details in the press release below.
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- Land Rover reveals Transparent Bonnet virtual imaging concept
- New level of driver awareness with a 'see-through' augmented reality view of the terrain ahead, making the front of the car 'virtually' invisible from inside the cabin
- Technology provides full visibility of what is underneath and in front of the car, with total clarity of otherwise hidden obstacles
- Transparent Bonnet is part of a suite of new concept technologies to be showcased in Land Rover's Discovery Vision Concept car at the New York International Motor Show

Whitley, UK, 9th April 2014 – Pioneering technology is being developed to give Land Rover drivers a digital vision of the terrain ahead by making the front of the car 'virtually' invisible.

Cameras located in the vehicle's grille capture data used to feed a Head-Up Display, effectively creating a 'see-through' view of the terrain through the bonnet and engine bay, breaking new ground in visual driver assistance. The technology, named Transparent Bonnet by its creators, shows how advanced technology will take Land Rover's unrivalled capability to the next level.

The technology enables a driver climbing a steep incline or manoeuvring in a confined space to see an augmented reality view capturing not only the terrain in front of the car but also the angle and position of the front wheels.

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. We are developing new technologies including the Transparent Bonnet to give drivers anaugmented view of reality to help them tackle anything from the toughest off-road route to the tight confines of an urban car park."

Opening the doors to Jaguar Land Rover's advanced research, the Discovery Vision Concept car is a design and technology showcase which will be unveiled in full at the New York International Auto Show on 16th April 2014. The concept demonstrates Land Rover's design vision for a future family of premium SUVs built on Land Rover's key principles of emotive design, unrivalled capability and ultimate versatility. From the city to the sand dunes, Land Rover's new, driver-assisting technology will enable safer, smarter and more enjoyable driving in the SUVs of tomorrow.

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