The doors, by the way, are controlled by an electronic gesture-recognition system that "eliminates the need for door handles, resulting in clean, beautifully crafted surfaces and flush tight gaps between their interfaces," Land Rover said in the release.
The headlights contain a "laser-activated phosphor projection" system. Its beam, "closer to daylight than any other type of artificial light," illuminates things up 300 m (984 ft) away. The lights are bright enough to require The "intelligent headlight dipping and tracking technology uses hi-definition cameras to automatically detect and assess oncoming traffic, instantly dipping the relevant parts of the light beam to avoid glare to other road users, and adjusting the rest of the beam to maintain perfect visibility in all driving situations."
Each seat back holds a gesture-controlled high-res touchscreen, tablet-docking ports, a fold-down tray table, and a coat hanger.
The "smart" inside glass can show heads-up displays but otherwise appears completely transparent. All the glass components are smart, including the sun roof. They are connected to the HUD system in the windshield to give passengers more than just the view out their windows. They can also work with eye-tracking sensors and the GPS system. If someone in the car is staring at a certain bit of passing scenery, the navigation system can identify and provide relevant information about it.
An Enhanced All Terrain Coach paints a terrain map on the console display and offers suggestions about negotiating the obstacles and threats of the suburban jungle.
As a concept, the vehicle is enough to inspire both awe and snark from the automotive press, but the unlikely piles of advanced systems in the concept version may not be entirely fantasy. Land Rover plans to release at least some of them in a new series of Discovery sub-brand models, according to Nick Haynes of Digital Trends. Land Rover has not said when the special editions will be released and how many lasers they will feature.
There is also no indication of how well the concept works as a car, though it's already a big success as a concept. "I worry it's a bit too Ford Explorer in its looks, but I'm a big fan otherwise," Haynes wrote in his post.
The Discovery Vision Concept will be on display at the 2014 New York International Auto Show April 18-27 at the Javits Center in Manhattan. It will also make the inevitable appearance on every technology and auto hobbyist site in the universe.