The British all-terrain vehicle maker Land Rover has found a practical application for Augmented Reality. They are developing a driver assist system that creates a virtual transparent bonnet/hood.
Several cameras in the grill capture the ground below the forward part of the car. The combined images of these cameras are projected onto a head-up display in the lower half of the windshield allowing to “look through” the bonnet/hood and motor block onto the ground.
The application is supposed to assist the driver in difficult situations for example steep climbs or when maneuvering in confined spaces. Additionally the application displays information about important vehicle data, including speed, incline, roll angle, steering position, and drive mode.
The concept study dubbed “Discovery Vision Concept” will be shown at the New York International Auto Show.