JLR recently unveiled a smartphone app for the range Rover Sport that allows a driver to control their vehicle's steering, throttle input, brakes, and transfer case remotely. If this sounds a little dangerous to you, there is a catch. The vehicle is limited to a maximum of 4 mph -- a wise move.
The system allows drivers to be their own off-road spotter. This should make crossing water, mud ruts, or technical trails much easier.
JLR also revealed a "Multi-Point Turn" Range Rover Sport. This vehicle can autonomously turn itself 180 degrees. The Range Rover Sport can take over braking, throttle, and gear selection before it uses a variety of sensors to complete a safe three-point turn.
Dr. Wolfgang Epple, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Research and Technology, said the following: “Research into technologies like these won’t only help us deliver an autonomous car. They will help make real driving safer and more enjoyable. The same sensors and systems that will help an autonomous car make the right decisions, will assist the driver and enhance the experience to help prevent accidents. Autonomous car technologies will not take away the fun of driving.”
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