Called the Discovery Vision Concept - and first teased last week -, the big 4WD could forever change the claim by some drivers that they “can’t even see over the bonnet”.
Using cameras fitted to the vehicle’s grille, the head-up display can show an image when necessary that effectively makes the bonnet, engine and front guards ‘see-through’.
As demonstrated in the video (top), the system makes negotiating off-road hazards such as rocks and deep ruts much easier than the current method, which usually involves the driver or passengers alighting to do a visual inspection.
“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,” Jaguar Land Rover’s Dr Wolfgang Epple said.
“We are developing new technologies including the Transparent Bonnet to give drivers an augmented view of reality to help them tackle anything from the toughest off-road route to the tight confines of an urban car park.”
Transparent Bonnet isn’t the only technology showcased in the Discovery Vision, with Land Rover saying the system is just “part of a suite of new technologies to be showcased” in the concept.
For now though, Land Rover is remaining tight-lipped on further technical advancements that the Discovery Vision Concept may deliver.
Stay tuned to TMR for more news from the New York Auto Show, which kicks off next week.
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