Land Rover reveals transparent bonnet technology

The feature gives drivers a ‘see-through’ augmented reality view of the terrain ahead, making the front of the car virtually invisible from inside the cabin.

It works thanks to the use of cameras located in the vehicle’s grille which capture data used to feed a Head-Up Display. This effectively creates a ‘see-through’ view of the terrain through the bonnet and engine bay, including the angle and position of the front wheels.

The Director of Research and Technology for Jaguar Land Rover, Dr Wolfgang Epple, commented: “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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Members of the public will get their first chance to see the Transparent Bonnet technology demonstrated when the Discovery Vision Concept is shown on 16th April at the New York Auto Show.

The new concept will showcase the design of the next-generation Discovery and other new premium SUVs from the Land Rover brand.

The current Land Rover Discovery meanwhile remains for sale in the UK, with prices starting at £39,990.

In recent months the latest Discovery has received several top motoring awards including the Best All-round 4×4 accolade at the 2014 Fleet News Awards.

Land Rover has also been celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Discovery SUV this year and through its lifetime the off-roader has received over 200 awards.

Current Discovery already features useful stand-out driving technologies which can particularly assist in off-road venturing. It features Reverse Traffic Detection, Blind Spot Monitoring and a Wade Sensing system.

The Wade Sensing system is a particular stand-out feature, as it allows drivers to map out areas submerged in water, making such terrain easier to drive through.

With new Transparent Bonnet technology in development, new Land Rover SUVs are set to become even more capable for off-road driving.