Out on the off-road trial, vision is key.
And as the course contorts your vehicle in all sorts of awkward, angled positions, and normal visibility changes, there are only a few ways to see what’s ahead: post your buddy out on the trail or lean your head out the window.
For a true gentleman off-roader, though, none of those solutions is ideal. Luckily, Land Rover has a solution.
Cameras mounted in the front of the vehicle feed live video to a smart windshield, which projects a vehicle-wide image of the path ahead, effectively making the hood see-through.
While designed for off-road use, it has applications from, as Land Rover puts it, “from the city to the sand dunes,” as the technology takes the guess work out of parallel parking, making inner city luxury 4×4 ownership far less taxing.
“As our vehicles become more capable and offer increasing autonomy off-road, we will ensure the driver has the confidence to progress over any terrain.” Dr. Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology for Jaguar Land Rover said in a prepared statement. “We are developing new technologies including the Transparent Hood to give drivers an augmented view of reality to help them tackle anything from the toughest off-road route to the tight confines of urban parking.”
If you’re keen to know more about the forthcoming Land Rover Discover Vision Concept and the Transparent Hood technology, make sure to keep up on our 2014 New York Auto Show coverage.