Land Rover develops 'invisible car' technology


Land Rover Transparent Bonnet

Land Rover is developing a new augmented reality system, which allows drivers to virtually see through their car.

Showcased in a video preview, the technology is due to appear on the Land Rover Discovery Vision concept car, expected to be unveiled at the New York motor show next week.

Designed to make off-road driving easier, the new system uses grille-mounted cameras to display both the position of the wheels and the terrain directly in front of the car.

At the heart of the new development is a new type of head-up display that can project a computer-generated image across its whole width, and in conjunction with the cameras, effectively renders the bonnet 'see-through'.

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 Land Rover Discovery Vision concept car will also showcase design details of the forthcoming range of new Discovery models, which are due to arrive in showrooms in 2015.

Click play below to watch the technology in action.