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Augmented Reality

Land Rover's transparent bonnet concept lets you see what's under the car

By placing a camera in the car’s grille and feeding the live images to your windscreen, it gives the impression that the bonnet is see-through.

LAND ROVER HAS revealed a new concept which would give drivers a better view of the road through augmented reality.

The Transparent Bonnet Concept uses cameras mounted in the car’s grille to capture a view of the road that’s usually obscured by the hood.

This feed is then projected on a heads-up display that shows the video in real-time at the bottom of the windscreen, giving the impression that both the bonnet and engine are transparent.

While the concept is at an early stage, the technology allows a driver climbing a steep incline or moving through a tight space to see both the terrain in front of the car and the direction the front wheels are facing.

Land Rover say the concept will form part of a much larger ‘design vision’ which will be unveiled at the 2014 New York International Auto Show later this month.

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