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Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood" 172

cartechboy (2660665) writes "When we were kids, we were promised flying cars in the future, like The Jetsons. Well, now it's the future, and we don't have any flying cars. But Land Rover just unveiled some crazy new technology called the Transparent Hood system. It's brilliant in its simplicity, and yet quite complex in its implementation. Using a web of camera images and projectors, the Transparent Hood system projects the area just in front of and underneath the nose of the vehicle onto a head-up display along the lower portion of the windshield. Not only is this obviously breathtaking, but when it comes to off-roading—or parking in tight urban spaces—this could change the game. It will allow drivers to see precisely what's below them and immediately in front of them allowing precise placement of the vehicle's front wheels. The system also displays key vehicle data including speed, incline, roll angle, steering position, and drive mode. People, this is the future, and the future is now."
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Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

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  • Re:More problems. (Score:2, Informative)

    by Grishnakh ( 216268 ) on Wednesday April 09, 2014 @11:54AM (#46705301)

    Yes, because having this system operational is clearly crucial to operation of the vehicle, and you won't be able to just drive without it....

    I guess you prefer not having a radio in your car either, since that's "just another thing to go wrong".

  • Re:More problems. (Score:4, Informative)

    by geekoid ( 135745 ) <<moc.oohay> <ta> <dnaltropnidad>> on Wednesday April 09, 2014 @02:44PM (#46706941) Homepage Journal

    A person can most certainly do all the work they need to do on their own car. If they are willing to put in the effort.

    "There's absolutely no way you are certified to perform all regulated maintenance and inspections"
    You don't need to be actual certified. Only cert are needed if you want to maintain the warranty, or show people you went to some class.

    " properly dispose of hazardous materials"
    you just take it to a disposal place. Usually a gas station with a shop, or a part store.

    " invest tens of thousands of dollars into equipment "
    Do you have an example of any piece of equipment that you need to fix / maintain your own vehicle that cost "tens of thousands of dollars". or even 1000 hundred dollars.
    Those tools are for company that do cars all day long. Lifts and such.
    There is nothing on my car I can not replace if I were so inclined. That includes transmission and engine replacements.
    I don't becasue I have a good mechanic, I value my time, and I don't enjoy it anymore.

    You seem to be complete ignorant of how to take care of a vehicle; which is fine. Just stop calling other people liars based on you ignorance of the field.

    "(like emissions checks or whatever the fuck else is regulated in your area)"
    You can do them at home, but to gte official you go to the inspector. State may vary.
    In Oregon they check it by just looking at the codes, and you can buy something to do that for under 50 bucks. OR more, depending on features, etc.

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