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Land Rover Transparent Hood Comes Previewed

Land Rover Transparent Hood Comes PreviewedBy Anthony Alaniz

At this year’s New York auto show, Land Rover is preparing to change off-roading forever. Instead of climbing Everest whilst staring fearfully up at the pale blue abyss, Land Rover is aiming to give drivers an unobstructed view of what’s below the SUV.

Land Rover is turning the entire bottom half of the windshield into a heads-up display. A front mounted camera then projects the terrain on the lower half, giving the illusion of a transparent hood.

The new technology doesn’t just show a driver where he is in relation to the terrain, but also augments reality to show tire position as well, to give the driver even greater control.

While heads-up displays are nothing new, this is the first time they could be used to revolutionize going off road.

Land Rover is optimistic for the new technology, though it will likely be used for more practical applications like parking and autonomous car innovation. The technology is being previewed on the Land Rover Discovery Vision concept that was recently unveiled at this year’s New York auto show.

Source: Land Rover

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Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept Unveiled at 2014 CES

Source: Ford

Source: Ford

By Anthony Alaniz

Ford is unveiling a new concept car at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Ford C-Max Solar Energi concept. Based off the C-Max Energi, Ford’s plug-in hybrid, the Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept adds a solar-powered charging apparatus as its battery pack. Ford has had a present at CES over the last few years as it tries to publicize itself as both a car company and a technology company, using the event to highlight numerous technologies in the past.

Below the solar array on the roof is a standard Ford C-Max, including the 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Ford claims the C-Max Solar Energi can travel a claimed 21 miles on electricity alone.

Ford isn’t the first company to place solar panels on their car roofs. The Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf both offer solar panels as options.

What differentiates the Solar Energi from the standard model is that instead of obtaining electricity through a power cord, it uses the solar array on the roof. Ford says there is a “concentrator,” or large Fresnel lens, that can take in a constant amount of light regardless of sunlight angle and direction, and intensifies the light on the solar panels. This is in the design of a canopy that is placed over the car when it is parked.

People running off with your “concentrator,” wasn’t addressed by Ford.

However, consumers don’t have to worry if the sun isn’t out, Ford kept the charging port in place just in case.

Ford worked with Sunpower Corporation and the Georgia Institute of Technology on the panels and concentrator device. While the concept may seem novel, its feasibility is still unknown. Solar panels are still expensive and are not known for converting sunlight into electricity well.

Ford says the lens intensifies sunlight by eight times helping the car charge up 8 kW of energy.  It’s unknown whether Ford’s claim will transfer into real-world results.

Ford is considering the car for production in conjunction with the Georgia Institute of Technology, but no official decision has been made.

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