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Land Rover to augment reality


LAND ROVER in the UK is working on a new technology that will allow the driver to see an augmented version of the terrain ahead.

This means that the bonnet will appear ‘see-through’ to the driver, who will perceive the off-road setting from a new perspective. The technology is called the Transparent Bonnet virtual imaging concept.

The benefit of such technology is that it provides a full view of the terrain, which reveals obstacles and potential dangers that would normally go undetected. The new development will be showcased at the New York International Motor Show in a new Discovery Vision Concept vehicle.

The system works by making use of cameras located in the car’s grille that sends data to the head-up display module, which creates this ‘see-through’ view of the terrain through the bonnet and engine bay. The main benefit is that drivers going up a steep incline or driving through a tight area can now position the wheels to ensure a safe way through any potential obstacle.

Dr Wolfgang Epple, director of research and technology for Jaguar Land Rover says, “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 anaugmented view of reality to help them tackle anything from the toughest off-road route to the tight confines of an urban car park.”

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