• Tech

    Watch The New Land Rover Make Itself Invisible (VIDEO)

    Land Rover’s Transparent Hood Is Technology From The Future

    If you’ve been feeling like us, like you’ve been shortchanged by the promises of your childhood and the under-delivery of the modern era—at least when it comes to cars—look no further than this innovation from Land Rover. It’s not The Jetsons, but it’s something those bleebling little space car drivers never even thought of. It’s the Transparent Bonnet.

    Here in the U.S., we’d call it (and Land Rover USA does, too) a Transparent Hood. But that unassuming name doesn’t quite convey the simple brilliance and complex technology behind it.

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    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 Land Rover concept car onto a head-up display along the lower portion of the windshield. The effect is breathtaking, offering the ability to see obstacles and terrain that would otherwise be hidden, and to allow precise placement of the vehicle’s front wheels—both key improvements to the off-roading experience.

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    Part of a suite of new technologies to be showcased on the Land Rover Discovery Vision concept car at the 2014 New York Auto Show, the Transparent Hood is a demonstration of what’s possible today using the thinking of tomorrow.

    In addition to the unprecedented view of the terrain under the nose, the system also relays a head-up display of key vehicle data, including speed, incline, roll angle, steering position, and drive mode.

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    The solution isn’t solely intended for the expedition off-roader, either. It’s thought to be useful in an urban environment, too. “As our vehicles become more capable and offer increasing autonomy off-road, we will ensure the driver has the confidence to progress over any terrain,” says Dr. Wolfgang Epple, director of research and technology for Jaguar Land Rover. “We are developing new technologies including the Transparent Hood to give drivers an augmented view of reality to help them tackle anything from the toughest off-road route to the tight confines of urban parking.”

    Look for more details on the technology inside the Discovery Vision concept, including live photos and more, from the 2014 New York Auto Show next week.

    via Motor Authority

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  • Green Driving/ News/ Tech

    Say what now? Peugeot invents the first car fuelled by AIR (VIDEO)

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    Peugeot has revealed plans to put a hybrid car powered by air on the market in 2016. This new ‘Hybrid Air’ system has an engine that runs on petrol and air, instead of the traditional electric hybrid. Peugeot say that this new model will reach 117 miles per gallon by 2020 and reduce petrol bills by 80% for urban driving.

    Saving the planet: The Hybrid Air technology could allow a car the size of a Citroën C3 or a Peugeot 208 to emit as little as 69g/km of CO2The car model looks like a Peugeot 208, but the engine is transformed combining a normal engine with an additional system that runs on compressed air. These compressed air cylinders store and release energy, allowing it to run on petrol, air or even a combination.

    Cutting costs: A look inside the Hybrid Air engine which could cut 45 per cent off the petrol bill for the average driver

    Apparently, cars with Hybrid Air will not only be cheaper to run, but be around £1,000 cheaper to buy than current hybrid models. However, it’s best suited to city life as the air power is only automatically activated when the car goes less than 43mph.

    So, although it may not be the slickest or fastest car, it definitely seems cost effective to run if you’re an urbanite.

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  • Tech/ Videos

    Face It, Car Touch Screens Suck. Except This One (VIDEO)

    Car interfaces are generally pretty dire. There, I said it. In a world full of touch screens in our homes, in public, and even in our pockets; you think car manufacturers would  wise up and get with the times.

    We spend a lot of time in our cars, and a lot of money on them. Why should we settle for a low-res touch screen crammed with buttons, when the traditional plastic button worked better? Touch screens were implemented as a selling point, rather than a new intuitive way of controlling your car.

    But a guy named Matthaeus Krenn has come up with an ingenious new interface that would revolutionize how we interact with our cars.

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    It’s not perfect. Hell, it looks confusing, and working out how to use it would be a challenge. Would I remember how many fingers to use to control air flow whilst flying down the freeway? Probably not. But it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

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    But car makes should take note; and who knows, maybe we will see Android or iOS in our cars within the next few years. They need to take a step back, and build an interface from the ground up that’s easy and fast; just like this guy has done.

    Have a gander at the concept UI in action below.

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