Invisible bonnets to enhance safety

Invisible bonnets to enhance safety

Land Rover says its new Transparent Bonnet virtual imaging concept will give drivers an unprecedented level of awareness.

The car-maker says the technology is capable of showing obstacles underneath and in front of the car, rendering the front of the car "virtually" invisible from inside the cabin.

Cameras in the grille feed images to a head-up display in front of the driver, thereby creating a "see-through" view of the terrain ahead.

Drivers will also be able to see the position of the front wheels, which is handy when climbing a steep incline or are manoeuvring in a confined space.

Dr Wolfgang Epple, the 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."

The Transparent Bonnet will be showcased at Land Rover's Discovery Vision Concept car at the New York International Motor Show, starting on April 16.

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