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Land Rover Shows off Discovery Vision Interfaces

by Paul Strauss

While we first saw the Land Rover Discovery Vision back in April, the company just published one of the more interesting conceptual videos showing off the vehicle’s prospective features. Land Rover is proposing a new set of human-machine interfaces for the vehicle that would use gesture control for much of its interaction.

Gestures could be used to unlock doors, start and stop the entertainment system, as well as to turn on and off headlights and turn signals. The clip also shows more of Land Rover’s much vaunted augmented reality windshield, which could provide contextual information on the driver’s surroundings.

While we think the demonstration is slick, gesture-based interfaces have proven difficult to use and have had limited adoption on the desktop, so we’re not sure they have a place in a vehicle. We’re especially concerned about the possibility that gestures could be misinterpreted and trigger an unwanted feature while driving. On the other hand, we’ve been ready for full-windshield heads-up displays since we were kids.

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