By: Erin Ruberry
Invisible cars aren't just for science fiction movies anymore.
Land Rover's new "Transparent Bonnet" (American translation: car hood) makes the front of the car practically invisible.
Here's how it works, according to the auto maker:
"Cameras located in the vehicle's grille capture data used to feed a Head-Up Display, effectively creating a 'see-through' view of the terrain through the bonnet and engine bay, breaking new ground in visual driver assistance."
We feel compelled to point out that the vehicle is not actually invisible; it just appears that way to the car's driver: "The technology enables a driver climbing a steep incline or manoeuvring in a confined space to see an augmented reality view capturing not only the terrain in front of the car but also the angle and position of the front wheels."
The concept will be introduced at next week's New York International Auto Show but before you get too excited about driving an invisible vehicle, Slate notes that "it's unclear when or even if Land Rover plans to usher the Bonnet out of the concept stage and onto the road."
Watch a demonstration of the technology at work: