Land Rover has taken the The New York International Auto Show by storm by unveiling two world firsts on its new range of vehicles.
Americans at the prestigious event have been clamouring to get into the new-look 2010-year Range Rover to see the new dashboard mounted dual-view screen which allows the front seat passenger to watch the television while the driver looking at the same screen sees only his navigation system instructions.
The high-tech display takes the Range Rover to the edge of automotive electronics and other manufacturers will no doubt be anxious to copy the product.
It means that for the first time a front seat passenger in a car will be able to watch a DVD or television programme legally.
Normally when a car has a television screen fitted in the dashboard the picture is blanked out as soon as the vehicle moves for safety reasons, as the driver could be distracted.
Land Rover has cleverly found a way around the problem by using a system called Parallax Barrier technology which allows two people sitting side by side to see two different pictures on the same screen.
The latest Range Rover is also fitted with another world first – a virtual speedometer and virtual rev counter.
And because the dials don’t actually exist they can be moved around inside a 12-inch screen to allow other functions to appear – such as warning messages.
The 2010 Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Discovery have all undergone internal and external changes as well as getting new engines.
“The 2010 Range Rover is a considerable step forward for what is already regarded as one of the world’s most complete luxury vehicles,” said Land Rover’s managing director Phil Popham. “Like its legendary predecessors, the 2010 Range Rover is setting the pace once more.”