Jaguar Land Rover showcases smartphone-controlled Sport
British premium car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has recently shown how a Sport can be controlled remotely by its driver using a smartphone outside the vehicle. This is all part of the development that the company is undertaking to eventually deliver the fully autonomous vehicle. A Range Rover Sport was used to demonstrate how somebody could control the car while not being behind the wheel. The smartphone, with a JLR app, can take full control of the steering, accelerator and braking system, and can change gear. By having the ability to do this, the driver can walk beside the car and drive it at a speed of no more than 4mph. This would be useful to manoeuvre the vehicle out of a dangerous or tricky situation with complete safety and the technique could also be used to park the car if the space is very tight.
The remote control function only can be accessed if the smartphone is within 10 metres of the vehicle and the function will stop if the driver goes out of range.
The prototype JLR Multi-Point Turn Range Rover can steer autonomously through 180 degrees and point in the opposite direction. The software uses sensors to examine the space available and to avoid bumping into pedestrians, objects and other vehicles. As with other major premium car makers, JLR has a research programme that will enhance the ability of its vehicles to become more and more autonomous. This will involve highly-sophisticated sensors that will ensure that a vehicle can perform in this mode in any environment and in any weather conditions.