Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled its Range Rover Sport remote-controlled prototype.
The research vehicle demonstrates how a driver could drive the vehicle from outside the car via a smartphone. The phone app includes control of steering, accelerator and brakes, as well as changing from high and low range. According to the company, this would allow the driver to manoeuvre his car out of “challenging situations” safely, or even to negotiate “difficult off-road terrain.”
JLR also says the driver could use the smartphone to reverse the car out of a parking space if someone has parked too close for them to open the door. By walking alongside the car, the driver could also continually check ramp, approach and departure angles and allow precise positioning of the vehicle when rock crawling.
Dr Wolfgang Epple, director of research and technology at Jaguar Land Rover, commented: "Getting a car out of a tricky parking manoeuvre can be a stressful experience for any driver. A remote control car, or a vehicle that can autonomously turn in the road, demonstrates how we could use these new technologies to reduce the tedious parts of driving and improve road safety."
Further details can be found at the press release section below.