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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:not me! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Chrisq ( 894406 ) on Wednesday April 09, 2014 @11:58AM (#46705323)

    as a frequent off road driver I think this would be a crappy device to have, very disorienting

    You might be right as a frequent off-road driver - but as someone who occasionally drives off-road I would welcome it, as I get a really disconcerting feel when you come to the brow of a steep hill and all you can see in the windscreen is sky but you have to keep on driving until the car goes over the bump and you can see again.

  • Re:So... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by cusco ( 717999 ) <> on Wednesday April 09, 2014 @12:11PM (#46705449)

    The only reason why this design is even seen as useful is because of the very poor ergonomic design of autobodies that has become popular the last few years. I have a 2002 Tacoma, I can see all four corners of the vehicle. With a glance I can tell within six inches of exactly where each corner of the vehicle is. We used to have a 1995 Corolla, and I could park it in any spot. My wife has a new Audi, and until recently I was driving a fairly new Corolla supplied by my employer. Hate parking those things, you can't see the corners of the vehicle so can only guess as to how far away I am from the next vehicle.

  • Re:Off-roading? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by AK Marc ( 707885 ) on Wednesday April 09, 2014 @02:10PM (#46706551)
    The windshields and headlamps are self-cleaning, so why can't these cameras be? Oh, someone on Slashdot thought of one possible (but easily solved) problem, therefore the entire tech is useless because the summary didn't outline every technical challenge and solution.

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