Land Rover makes front part of vehicle 'invisible'

April 10, 2014 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
In a combination of augmented reality and driver assistance system, carmaker Land Rover makes the front part of the vehicle transparent. What on first glance appears a bit weird is actually a helpful feature in multiple driving situations.

The carmaker feeds the video signal from cameras located in the vehicle's grille to a semi-transparent head-up display almost as wide as the windscreen. This effectively enables a see-through view of the terrain next to the vehicle's front wheels. To some extend, it looks like the bonnet and the engine bay were transparent.

The technology helps drivers manoeuvring in confined spaces or difficult environments - the camera image depicts the surroundings of the front wheels in a manner how it would appear if the car's front part was invisible. In addition, the head-up display depicts the angle and position of the front wheels.

The Transparent Bonnet is part of a suite of innovative technology concepts to be showcased at Land Rover's Discovery Vision Concept car at the New York International Motor Show from April 16 through 27.

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