The Transparent Bonnet technology will show the terrain in front of the car and also the angle and position of the front wheels

Augmented reality transparent bonnet revealed

Land Rover is developing technology to make cars’ bonnets virtually transparent using augmented reality.

Cameras located in the vehicle's grille will capture data used to feed a heads-up display on the inside of the windscreen, to make the bonnet appear see-through and allow drivers to see the terrain they are passing over.

The concept technology, named Transparent Bonnet by its creators, is designed to allow 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.

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."

The technology is part of a suite of new concept technologies to be showcased in Land Rover's Discovery Vision Concept car at the New York International Auto Show on April 16, which will demonstrates Land Rover's design vision for a future family of premium SUVs.


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