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Land Rover Previews ‘Transparent Hood’ in Discovery Vision Concept

April 10, 2014

A few days ago, Land Rover gave the public a teaser image of the Land Rover Discovery Vision concept, which will be unveiled at the upcoming 2014 New York International Auto Show. The image and the accompanying teaser video revealed just enough to make people look forward to seeing the vehicle, which is reported to sport the new design for Freelander/LR2 and Discovery/LR4 models. However, what will truly excite people about the concept was just recently brought to light—new technology known as Transparent Hood.

The Land Rover Discovery Vision concept will be equipped with a number of remarkable future car technologies, but the most impressive of the lot is the Transparent Hood (also known as Transparent Bonnet). The concept does not actually have a see-through hood, but it has the technology that will allow the driver to see through the hood. It seems way ahead of its time, but it is technology made possible today thanks to complex technology.

The Transparent Hood system comes with cameras installed underneath the front area of the Land Rover Discovery Vision concept. These will show the driver the area in front of and below the nose of the vehicle. The images captured by the cameras will be made visible to the driver through a full-width head-up display located on the bottom part of the windshield.

What the system does is it gives an illusion of a transparent hood, letting the driver view what the hood usually conceals. With the help of the cameras, the driver can see the terrain as well as the vehicle’s wheel position. Because the terrain under the vehicle’s nose and the wheel position are visible, the driver can better control the vehicle when driving up steep inclines or maneuvering through tight turns.

While the feature allows for a better off-roading experience, it is also designed to help drivers in an urban environment. The Transparent Hood can assist drivers when they are parking in tight spots in the city.

“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,” said Dr. Wolfgang Epple, Jaguar Land Rover’s director of research and technology.

Aside from the view of the terrain, the system also shows crucial vehicle information in the head-up display. These include speed, drive mode, roll angle, steering position and incline.

The Transparent Hood feature is a sure thing, but the Land Rover Discovery Vision concept’s engine is not. The vehicle is expected to be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, as the company was reported to invest $800 million for the development of the said engine variety.

The New York auto show is eagerly anticipated not only by those who think the Transparent Hood is amazing, but also by those who simply liked what the teaser video showed of Land Rover’s concept. The Discovery Vision concept is a beauty, with its styling similar to that of the Evoque crossover. The three-row, seven-passenger vehicle appears longer and sleeker compared to the current Freelander/LR2.

It was reported that the five-seater iteration will be called Discover Sport while the long-wheelbase version will be called Discovery Grand. The latter is expected to arrive in 2016 or 2017.

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