Yes, yes, I hear you. No, this is not one of the April Fools’ stories we forgot to cover – the Land Rover Discovery Vision concept that is headed to New York next week will actually feature technology that will allow drivers to peer through the bonnet onto the ground below.
Dubbed Transparent Bonnet, the feature utilises cameras located in the vehicle’s grille and feeds it to a head-up display (HUD) on the windscreen, augmenting the driver’s forward vision with a view of the terrain below the bonnet and engine bay as well as the angle and position of the front wheels. This will enable them to place the car with precision, which would be handy given the Discovery Vision’s almost certain girth.
According to Jaguar Land Rover director of research and technology Dr. Wolfgang Epple, the new technology will allow drivers to “tackle anything from the toughest off-road route to the tight confines of an urban car park.”
“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,” added Dr. Epple.
The Land Rover Discovery Vision concept will preview the company’s new range of Discovery-branded SUVs, including the next full-fat Disco as well as the replacement of the current Freelander, rumoured to be dubber Discovery Sport. This move mirrors how the Range Rover was spun off into a separate family featuring the regular Range Rover, the Range Rover Sport and the Range Rover Evoque.