Now you see it, now you don't. The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept is getting ready to show its face at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, where it will boast an awesome piece of technology that make its hood turn virtually invisible.
Dubbed the "Transparent Hood," the virtual imaging technology is designed to help navigate the way in tough off-road terrain since drivers will essentially be able to see right through the hood. While the hood doesn't necessarily vanish into thin air, cameras located at the front of the vehicle make it seem like it does. The cameras capture and feed data to a head-up display located at the bottom of the windshield, which as Land Rover says, "effectively [creates] a 'see-through' view of the terrain through the hood and engine bay." This is all part of the automaker's efforts in trying to push the envelope in off-road technology, and although something like this would be extremely helping off the pavement, it could also work in urban environments. The Transparent Hood would definitely come in handy when trying to squeeze into tight parking spaces.
The Transparent Hood sounds awesome, and there's more where that came from. Land Rover says the new tech is part of a suite of new concept technologies that will be showcased on the new Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept Car. We've already seen some of the concept in a teaser video that was released last week. In the video, we can see the concept's sleek silhouette and its interior, which boasts a sliding middle bucket seat. Check out the teaser images and the video below, and check back for more on the cool invisible hood when the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept debuts next week.
Source: Land Rover