The future of one of the world’s most iconic and popular off-road vehicles is here: the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept, shown to the world for the first time at the 2014 New York Auto Show. As if to reinforce that fact, the hotly anticipated 4×4 was unveiled last night next to a scale model of the Virgin Galactic spacecraft, although right now we’re not sure which packs more technology.
In addition to a full-screen HUD capable of displaying information across the entire wraparound windscreen, the new Disco features gesture control, allowing the driver to manipulate everything from the stereo to the indicators via hand signals. Even more remarkable is the Remote Control Drive, with which you can control the car at extremely low speeds using Wi-Fi while not actually sat at the wheel! As we reported with a video last week, the ‘Transparent Hood’ gives the driver an unparalleled look at the terrain directly beneath the front of the car, while external laser technology does everything from sense the depth of puddles before you drive through them to help you maneuver into tight spaces.
While this is essentially a concept car, expect to find much of this technology in future models of the Discovery due for release in the coming months. For full details on everything it has to offer, visit the Land Rover website.