Land Rover Transparent Bonnet Concept
Land Rover, the UK car manufacture famous for their 4×4 vehicles showed off their concept of a transparent bonnet (hood for our American friends). The bonnet is packed with a couple of cameras facing the ground while the live video feed is feed to the vehicles windows screen to give the impression of the bonnet being transparent. As you navigate difficult spaces, the idea is you’ll be able to see what’s under the car in front of you. It’s difficult to imagine how augmented reality used in such a way is going to be useful to the average driver on their daily commute, but as a concept the idea doesn’t have to be consumer ready, just demonstrate how technology could be used.
The idea of augmented reality making vehicles transparent to the driver is an interesting one. Military vehicles would instantly benefit by allowing drivers to avoid hidden IEDs or other lethal obstacles placed in the road, and give the driver the opportunity to avoid a threat that otherwise could have been missed with disastrous consequences. Pilot’s having the ability to see the runway at crucial times such as landing could make air travel safer too. It will be interesting to see beyond the obvious use of AR in cars (ie mapping and directions) just how manufactures are going to implement the technology.
Watch the Land Rover concept video here