April 11, 2014
Land Rover’s New Innovation: Transparent Hood
It’s not actually see through, but with innovative technology it appears that way. It is called a Transparent Bonnet and by using virtual reality and some cameras placed in certain positions, it looks as if the hood is clear.
A Land Rover was demonstrated with the Transparent Bonnet using a wide-angle camera in the front grill of the vehicle. The view of the camera is where the driver can no longer see extending under the engine, between the front tires and below the grill, allowing the driver to see the terrain under the engine.
The display is then projected onto the windshield simulating a semi-transparent hood. It shows the road below and the vehicle’s front tires and wheels. The projection shows data like speed and clearance as well.
“Cameras located at the front of the vehicle capture data and are used to feed a Heads-Up Display across the bottom of the windshield, effectively creating a ‘see-through’ view of the terrain through the hood and engine bay, breaking new ground in visual driver assistance,” the company said in a statement.
Land Rover claims this will aid drivers in “a steep incline” or move into “a confined space.”
“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. 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,” Land Rover’s R&D director Wolfgang Epple said in a report published by Wired.
This technology will be unveiled at the 2014 New York Auto Show. The demonstration will show, according to Land Rover, “an augmented view of reality to help them tackle anything from the toughest off-road route to the tight confines of urban parking.”
Image Credit: Land Rover