The hood of the vehicle is not actually transparent though. The system uses a camera in the grille of the car that records data and a smart windscreen head-up display that "projects" augmented reality imagery onto the hood.
Taking a premium SUV worth in excess of €50,000 offroad is always a nerve-wrecking experience. If drivers could see upcoming boulders, ravines or other obstacles, life would be so much easier for them.
This system is similar to an experimental one developed by the Japanese last year, which used a projector to make the rear bench "transparent" when parking. For now, the transparent hood remains a concept that could make it into a production car in the future. But, of corse, so were the park assist and lane assist features a few years back. The future is coming, only question is "when?".
"“As our vehicles become more capable and autonomous off-road, we will ensure the driver has the confidence to allow the car to continue to progress, over any terrain. We are developing new technologies including the Transparent Bonnet to give drivers an augmented view of reality to help them tackle anything from the toughest off-road route to the tight confines of an urban car park," said Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology for Jaguar Land Rover.