Land Rover is developing technology that aims to deliver a ‘transparent’ bonnet that will allow drivers to see what’s directly in front the of vehicle and even the exact position of the front wheels.
The system uses cameras mounted in the front grille to capture images that are projected onto the base of the windscreen, creating an augment reality view, similar to that of a large head-up display.
The images would provide a much greater view to a driver climbing a steep incline or manoeuvring into a tight space.
The system, dubbed Transparent Bonnet, is said to be one of several new technologies that will make their debut on the Discovery Vision Concept car set to be unveiled at the forthcoming New York International Motor Show.
Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology for Jaguar Land Rover, said: “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.”