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Land Rover designs 'invisible' car bonnet


Posted on Thursday, 10 April, 2014 | Comment icon 15 comments

The driver would be able to see the ground underneath. Image Credit: YouTube / Land Rover
The manufacturer has unveiled its concept for a car with a bonnet that the driver can see through.
The augmented reality mechanism works by using live cameras that overlay an image of the terrain underneath on to the front of the car.

Known as the 'Transparent Bonnet', the technology is still in its prototype stages but could in the future provide drivers with an unparalleled view of the road in front and below them.

Four-wheel drive vehicles could particularly benefit from this as it would help the driver navigate uneven and dangerous terrain. A concept video released by the company shows how it can be used to help the driver see what's happening while driving over steep bumps.

"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," Dr Wolfgang Epple of the Land Rover research and technology department said in a statement.


Source: Huffington Post | Comments (15)

Tags: Land Rover, Car, Invisible

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by paperdyer on 10 April, 2014, 16:27
This will be mostly a toy for the people who want it. If you were able to see a pothole or other road hazard before you hit it, you'd avoid it. Once you're close enough to see it with this gadget, it's too late! I can see people getting in accidents or in this case wrecks as it will be not accident because tey were watching what's under the vehicle instead of what's in front of it.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Merc14 on 10 April, 2014, 17:11
This is great for off-road driving as you'd be able to see exactly where teh front wheels are moving over the rough terrain. I'm sure it isn't tuned on full time
Comment icon #8 Posted by Ianp on 10 April, 2014, 20:18
How are they going to keep the camera's clean under a 4WD ?
Comment icon #9 Posted by Merc14 on 11 April, 2014, 3:30
How are they going to keep the camera's clean under a 4WD ? my first thought as well. The test road is pristine.
Comment icon #10 Posted by paperdyer on 11 April, 2014, 11:25
my first thought as well. The test road is pristine. I'd also be worried about the lens being broken by stones and other crap coming up from the road.
Comment icon #11 Posted by pallidin on 11 April, 2014, 16:32
I like the concept. Very cool and potentially useful. The concerns(which I did not think of) raised by some of the above commentors will need to be addressed.
Comment icon #12 Posted by DigitalDreamer on 11 April, 2014, 17:10
Great concept (as overly stated as this might be) and i might look into it
Comment icon #13 Posted by Merc14 on 12 April, 2014, 0:37
They are pretty smart folks, though and I am sure they are taking all these things into consideration. I would think reessed cameras behind bulletproof glass with some kind of cleaning system would be a starting point.
Comment icon #14 Posted by AZDZ on 12 April, 2014, 1:05
AH-HA, I knew it! The bulletproof glass/window washer fluid lobbyists are behind this!
Comment icon #15 Posted by Merc14 on 12 April, 2014, 2:02
AH-HA, I knew it! The bulletproof glass/window washer fluid lobbyists are behind this! Dang, you got me. You'd have to have gallons of fluid flushing continuously and I own stock!!!!


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