Land Drover's new Discovery Vision Concept
Featuring its 'Transparent Bonnet' technology
Next week at the 2014 New York Auto Show, Land Rover is set to give a preview of its new 4x4 Discovery Vision concept, unveiling the future design direction of an expended Discovery-badged SUV Range as well as its new off road aiding technology.
Land Rover has still kept the designs of the car under wraps – ahead of its highly-anticipated debut on April 16 – with them only revealing its new 'Transparent Bonnet' technology.
The car's new 'see-through' hood uses augmented reality technology to give the driver a view of what is underneath and in front of the car. It is set to make off road driving easier as the driver can not only see the terrain ahead but can also track the position of the front wheels.
The key to the new technology is a new type of 'smart' windscreen, which has cameras located in the Discovery Visions grille which feeds images to a head-up display – creating the reality view of what's underneath the car.
"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. Said Jaguar Land Rover's director of research and technology, Dr. Wolfgang Epple.
Land Rover's Discovery Vision concept will be the preview of the British car manufacturer's new family of Discovery vehicles due to arrive in 2015. The new collection of cars are described as a collection of 'premium leisure SUVS' and will feature a sleek new design first seen in production form on the replacement for the current Freelander.