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Land Rover lets drivers see through bonnet, engine bay

Posted: 15 Apr 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Land Rover  augmented reality  driver assistance  head-up display 

Jaguar Land Rover has developed a technology that makes the front part of the vehicle invisible. By combining augmented reality and driver assistance system, the carmaker's Transparent Bonnet technology is geared to help drivers manoeuvring in confined spaces or difficult environments.

The carmaker feeds the video signal from cameras located in the vehicle's grille to a semi-transparent head-up display almost as wide as the windscreen. This effectively enables a see-through view of the terrain next to the vehicle's front wheels. To some extent, it looks like the bonnet and the engine bay were transparent.

Transparent Bonnet

The camera image depicts the surroundings of the front wheels in a manner how it would appear if the car's front part was invisible. In addition, the head-up display depicts the angle and position of the front wheels.

Land Rover has been a subsidiary of Tata Motors since 2008 after being acquired from Ford.

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