See through to terrain with Land Rover’s Transparent Bonnet

Pioneering future technology from Land Rover is currently under development, christened Transparent Bonnet by its creators. When complete, the innovative advancement will offer an essentially see-through view of the terrain through the bonnet and engine bay of the brand’s SUVs by making the front of the car ‘virtually’ invisible.

Using grille cameras and Head-Up Display technology, a virtual overlay is created, with a digital vision of the terrain ahead and the direction of the front wheels being shown, breaking into new territory in visual driver assistance; this advanced technology will take Land Rover’s unrivalled capability to the next level.

The technology will enable drivers to see an augmented reality view of what lies ahead, capturing not only the terrain in front of the car but also the angle and position of the front wheels as they climb a steep incline, navigate down a ravine or manoeuvre in a tight space.

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.’

Anywhere from the city to the sand dunes, Transparent Bonnet will enable safer, smarter and more enjoyable driving in the future. Built on Land Rover’s key principles of emotive design, unrivalled capability and ultimate versatility, Transparent Bonnet is fascinating, intelligent driver-assisting technology that will take the brand’s luxury SUVs to new heights.