Land Rover has today revealed its Discovery Vision Concept SUV in New York. It serves as a visual indicator of Land Rover’s future family of Discovery vehicles, the first model of which is due in 2015.
The concept car was unveiled alongside a scale model of the Virgin Galactic spacecraft at an event aboard the USS Intrepid – a former aircraft carrier and now museum anchored on the Hudson River – a day ahead of the opening of the New York Auto Show 2014.
“The Discovery Concept vehicle represents a Vision of our future family of leisure SUVs. Its modern, relevant and compelling design is a significant shift from Discovery as we know it, while well considered practicality, configurability and Land Rover’s capability seamlessly blend to create a highly desirable vehicle that connects on an emotional level,” said Gerry McGovern, Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, Land Rover.
With the Discovery poised to transition from a single model to a new family of vehicles, the concept car also previews future technologies that are currently being developed at Jaguar Land Rover’s advanced research division.
These include a next-generation Human-Machine Interface (HMI) system that uses ‘Smart Glass’ to bring the power of augmented reality to the entire glasshouse. The system also incorporates an advanced Gesture Control capability allowing the driver to open the doors, operate the indicators or turn on the headlamps using only hand movements.
One other key technology is Remote Control Drive that enables the driver to manoeuvre the car at very low speed while not actually seated inside it. Land Rover engineers say this has various useful applications both on- and off-road, from coupling a trailer, to external spotting during extreme off-roading.
Additional features include Laser Terrain Scanning, which utilises infrared lasers emitted from the front fog-lamps to scan the terrain being traversed, and renders a contour map on the instrument cluster display; and Laser Referencing, which utilises visible lasers to project markings, symbols and imagery onto ground surfaces.
Last but not least is the innovative Transparent Bonnet head-up display system that offers a view of the ground immediately ahead. Cameras fitted below the grille are paired with the Head-Up Display integrated into the windscreen. While traversing any kind of awkward terrain, the imagery can be projected onto the windscreen, so that it appears as if the vehicle’s bonnet is, in effect, transparent.
Source: Land Rover