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Land Rover developing ‘invisible bonnet’ technology


Land Rover is working on a new transparent bonnet technology concept which will use an augmented reality display using cameras to show the ground beneath the car when off-roading.

The Discovery Vision concept will be under wraps until 2016 but the technology will use cameras located in the Discovery Vision’s grille to feed images to a head-up display, which in turn creates a ‘see-through’ augmented reality view of the ground beneath the car.

The transparent bonnet technology will also show the position of the front tyres and can display speed, revs and tilt angles information.

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 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.”

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