Since TATA bought Land Rover, the company has been enjoying a renaissance, much like Jaguar in that respect. Okay, so we know that TATA does not have anything to do with the day-to-day running or designing of new vehicles from Land Rover, but they do bring financial stability.
Land Rover has a few new concept vehicles going through the development stage, such as the model that is to take over the Defender and also the current Freelander, which as we know is need of a major update.
The Land Rover Discovery Vision is shaping up to be a great successor to the outgoing Freelander, and a recent article on Autocar has been teasing us to the off-road advantage the Discovery Vision will have, if one of its proposed features make it to the final production model.
Latest off-road tech – Land Rover has been working on a new see-through bonnet, which makes use of augmented reality technology, giving the driver the illusion that they can actually see right through the bonnet and onto the rough terrain they are trying to traverse.
Drivers will be able to see what is in their way, and track the position of their front wheels instead of having to guess what they are currently driving over.
What makes this new technology possible is a smart windscreen, which will display a computer-generated image of the ground beneath the bonnet, which is made possible with the use of cameras on the grille.
There are already HUDs being used in vehicles today, but they are only limited to a small section of the windscreen, not the entire screen like Land Rover plans to use.
You would think that such technology is still several years away, but this new feature will be in use on the new Land Rover Discovery Vision sometime in 2015.