Cameras for Safer Off-Roading Concept

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Anyone who has done any off-roading knows that one of the issues related to the undertaking is that sometimes it is exceedingly difficult to determine just what’s ahead, especially in situations when cresting on a hill and the hood gets in the way of any notion of what’s beyond. Because Land Rover vehicles are sometimes taken off road and because the company is implementing more sensors in its vehicles, it has developed what they’re calling the “Transparent Bonnet”—with the last word signifying “hood”—that it integrated on its Discovery Vision Concept car.

Essentially, they’re using cameras located in the vehicle’s grille to look down and forward at the surface ahead of the vehicle. This is then integrated on a heads-up display with information related to the angle and position of the front wheels. It looks, in effect, as though the driver is seeing through the hood.

Dr. Wolfgang Epple, director of Research and Technology for Jaguar Land Rover, said, “We believe the next 25 years will be the most exciting and dynamic the automotive industry has ever experienced. There will be huge strides in environmental innovation, in safety and capability.

“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 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.”