Land Rover debut invisible car technology
By Byron Rimmer
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 16:00
TECHNOLOGY: Cutting-edge ‘Transparent Bonnet’
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.
The technology, named Transparent Bonnet by its creators, 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.
“The next 25years will be the most exciting and dynamic the automotive industry has ever experienced.”
Wolfgang Epple, Jaguar Land Rover
Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology for Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We believe the next 25years 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.”