Jaguar Land Rover has a revealed a unique version of the Range Rover Sport, which can be controlled by the driver on a smartphone outside the vehicle. The unique Range Rover Sport prototype is helping Jaguar Land Rover researchers develop new sensing technologies that will help future autonomous vehicles tackle any terrain.
The smartphone app can control the steering, accelerator and brakes as well as changing from high and low range. This would allow the driver to walk alongside the car, at a maximum speed of 4mph, to drive their car out of challenging situations safely, or even to negotiate difficult off-road terrain. The system uses sensors to assess available space and to avoid pedestrians, vehicles and other objects.
In a more urban environment, the driver could use the smartphone app to reverse the car out of a parking space if someone has parked too close for them to open the door. The automaker says that the technology could include more autonomous functionality where the driver gives a simple command from the handset to traverse an obstacle or exit a parking space, and the car does the rest.