Byline: Edward Stephens
FROM this summer, a passenger sitting in the front seat of a new Range Rover will be able to watch the television screen set into the dashboard without breaking the law - because the driver watching exactly the same screen will see something entirely different.
While the passenger can catch the latest movie, the poor old driver will only be able to see the directions given by his or her satellite navigation system. One screen, two views.
The revolutionary dual-view screen is a world first for the Solihull-based car maker and is just one of the innovations set to excite Land Rover enthusiasts when the 2010 Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Discovery models go into the showrooms in a few months time.
While all three boast a long list of changes, it's the Land Rover again which gets the other world first of the new generation of models.
Instead of the traditional speedometer and rev counter dials, it now has virtual dials, which appear in a new 12-inch TFT screen in front of the driver.
And because the dials don't physically exist, they can be moved around within the screen to allow space for important bits of information to be displayed to whoever is behind the wheel.
A quick glance at the screen allows you to take in all the information you need in a split second so you can get your eyes back on the road quickly - helped by the fact that the figures the speedometer and rev counter needles point to at any given time are brighter than any other part of the dial.
All three models now offer the driver a 360-degree view around the vehicle when needed thanks to five digital cameras set into the bodywork, making simple work of manoeuvring.
And when it comes to reversing, you can now back the car into a tight space far more easily by following yellow guidelines on the dashboard screen which lead you into the space. …