Land Rover concept car allows drivers to see through a ‘transparent’ hood

BY Willis Raburu  April 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM EDT

A new innovation from Land Rover will, quite literally, let you see through tough obstacles on your course.

The British manufacturer plans to unveil the technology it calls a “Transparent Hood” at the 2014 New York Auto Show, which begins April 18. It uses camera images and virtual imaging technology to display what is underneath and directly in front of the vehicle.

Cameras mounted on the vehicle’s grille enable drivers to see obstacles under the car as it moves along and then projects the captured images on a display just under the windshield. It also reports angles of approach and lean and even the vehicle speed.

“We are developing new technologies, including the Transparent Hood, to give drivers an augmented view of reality to help them tackle anything from the toughest off-road route to the tight confines of urban parking,” said Dr. Wolfgang Epple, director of research and technology for Jaguar Land Rover on the company website.

This concept will be showcased in the Land Rover Discovery Vision vehicle, which the company hopes will redefine the future cars it makes.