Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept Reveals Futuristic TechnologyPosted in News on April 15, 2014
Land Rover has just unveiled its new Discovery Vision Concept SUV in New York aboard the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum in Manhattan alongside a scale model of the Virgin Galactic spacecraft to signify their new partnership with Virgin Galactic. The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept SUV speaks loud and clear about the direction that Land Rover is headed towards in the future. The Discovery nameplate will no longer be exclusive to a single SUV but will instead be turning into a whole lineup of vehicles with innovative versatility and capability features as well as pioneering technologies from the Jaguar Land Rover advanced research division.
The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept SUV will be a stand-alone model for 2015 but will transform over time into a range of all-new Discovery vehicles. Land Rover’s plan is to redefine the brand’s approach to premium and capable SUVs. One thing you’ll notice is that the stepped up roof that has given the Discovery (LR4 in North America) it’s distinct iconic look is still employed in this new concept.
Make no mistake though, the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept SUV is filled with highly advanced technology from Smart Glass technology and Gesture Recognition Control to Remote Control Drive.
The Next-generation Human-Machine Interface (HMI) technology creates an immersive multimedia experience for all occupants. The Smart Glass can display information along the entire greenhouse. Gesture Recognition Control technology enables you to control various functions, including the doors, indicators, headlamps and seat-back screens.
By far one of the most impressive advanced technologies has to be the Remote Control Drive feature which enables the driver to maneuver the car at extremely low speeds while not actually seated inside via wireless control. Remote Control Drive has various useful applications both on- and off-road, from coupling a trailer, to external spotting during extreme off-roading.
One of the Advanced technologies that the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept SUV has is the next-generation Terrain Response system which includes the innovative “Transparent Hood” heads-up display system which offers an unimpeded view of the ground immediately ahead, greatly increasing visibility. The hood isn’t really transparent but the effect is achieved via the use of cameras fitted below the grille which feed video to the Heads-Up Display integrated into the windshield. While traversing challenging terrain, the imagery can be projected onto the windshield, so that it appears as if the vehicle’s hood is, in effect, transparent.
Another trick technology used in the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept is the Laser Terrain Scanning system which utilizes infrared lasers emitted from the front fog-lamps to continuously scan the terrain being traversed, and renders a contour map on the high-definition instrument cluster display. This mapping can be paired with the All-Terrain Coach guidance system to chart out a path and assist the driver in navigating it.
Lasers are also used by the next-generation Wade Aid sensory system to measure the depth of water before the vehicle enters it, and inform the driver of the feasibility of the intended wading maneuver. This is especially important when navigating water crossings that can be deceivingly deep.
An All-Terrain Progress Control enables semi-autonomous off-road driving at a steady speed across varying terrain.
Visibility has also been greatly enhanced in all conditions with the powerful daylight illumination of the laser headlamps, which feature intelligent object tracking and beam-dipping to improve driver safety. Navigating tight maneuvers is made easier with visual assistance from Laser Referencing, which utilizes visible lasers to project markings, symbols and imagery onto ground surfaces.
Inside the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept SUV you’ll find a whole host of new innovations such as seats that can fold flat or slide forward or back via the touchscreen menu. On top of that, the Discovery Vision Concept can be converted from its standard seven-seat to a multitude of configurations and if you need more cargo space, you can still detach the seats and carry them away. You’ll also find roller-style luggage that is seamlessly integrated into the vehicle doors.
One thing’s for sure, Land Rover is looking well ahead into the future of the premium luxury SUV market and will no doubt be pioneering new and great technologies into its future vehicles. The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept SUV will debut publicly at the 2014 New York Auto Show on April 16 but we’re giving you an exclusive look at this futuristic SUV that is meant to live in both the civilized world as well as the wild and treacherous backcountry!