Land Rover Concept Makes Front of Car Invisible [w/video]
Next week, Land Rover will reveal a new concept SUV, dubbed the “Discovery Vision.” Considering the LR4 (aka Discovery in other parts of the word) has grown long in the tooth, one may presume this concept will herald its replacement. With the advent of the Evoque and the new Range Rover line, the LR4 has grown quite boring, but one aptly named tech feature on this forthcoming concept has us very interested. The “Transparent Bonnet” (or Transparent Hood) features a pair of cameras mounted in the vehicle’s grille. The images from these cameras are combined and presented on a head-up display on the vehicle’s windshield. The result is that it makes the front of the off-roader nearly invisible. This is a breakthrough if you are in the off-road set. RELATED: See Photos of the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Hybrid Prototype
For years, those taking to the serious trails would require spotters. Why? Because one of the keys to off-roading is placing your wheels in exactly the right spot to clear an obstacle. Since most trucks and SUVs have long had big, square fronts where the all-important internal combustion engine resides, it has been impossible to see exactly where your wheels are, without doing some major body modifications.
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If as functional as the video describes, this feature could revolutionize the way we take to the trail. It could also vastly improve the ability to park in cities, where most of these new Land Rovers would actually reside. Still, we’re very curious to see it in action, and will have more from the NY auto show next week!
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