When James Bond controlled his BMW 750iL via his cellphone back in the 1997 Tomorrow Never Dies film, it seemed far fetched. But now there is a car that does just that
Jaguar Land Rover announced this week a Range Rover Sport prototype, which can be controlled with a smartphone app. As long as the driver is within 32 feet of the car and has the proximity key, it’s possible to control the car’s basic driving functions. But don’t expect to send your car to the grocery store for you. It moves just up to 4 mph and is intended to help you park and navigate rough terrains.
The car will stop if the operator gets too close, so there’s no need to worry about running yourself over.
Land Rover said the feature would be useful in navigating difficult off-road terrain because the driver can get out of the car and make sure everything is safe around it before moving it forward.
JLR is also busy developing autonomous vehicle technology. A lot of autonomous car tech revolves around cars scanning regular roads with traffic signs, but that doesn’t necessarily work where there aren’t any traffic signs. That said, the brand is developing a system called Solo Car which uses a variety of sensors to allow the car to perform in places where there are no road signs or traffic lights.
The company hasn’t revealed if the concept will ever come to production, but this isn’t the first time JLR has tested prototype technology. Last year, JLR experimented with an augmented reality windscreen concept that can project racing video game-like information when the car was on a racetrack. Read more…