‘Remote Control Drive’
Land Rover’s latest concept the ‘Discovery Vision Concept’ could be mistaken for a James Bond movie prop. The Discovery Vision can be driven at very low speed using smart phone, tablet or the car’s removable console and features an ‘invisible’ bonnet, laser positioning and ‘gesture-controlled’ doors.
Gerry McGovern, design director and chief creative officer at Land Rover, said “the Discovery Concept vehicle represents a Vision of our future family of leisure SUVs.
Its modern, relevant and compelling design is a significant shift from Discovery as we know it, while well considered practicality, configurability and Land Rover's capability seamlessly blend to create a highly desirable vehicle that connects on an emotional level.”
Land Rover will showcase the Discovery Vision at the New York Motor Show and the car will go on sale later next year. The first car will be based on the current Range Rover Evoque and has an estimated starting price of around £30,000.
Land Rover’s latest concept car has a range of gadgets that would have even James Bond looking on in envy. These include laser positioning sensors, gesture-controlled systems and an ‘invisible’ bonnet that allows the driver to 'see through' the car to the ground beneath. But the most Q-like development in the Discovery Vision Concept is remote-control drive, which allows anyone to drive the vehicle ‘at very low speed while not actually seated inside it’. Land Rover says this system could be used on and off-road, from coupling a trailer to spotting obstacles during extreme off-road driving. The off-road remote operation function has been dubbed All-Terrain Progress Control and the company claims that it will be ‘semi-autonomous.’ Off-road exploring is further helped by something known as ‘Wade Aid’ which measures depth in patches of water to prevent the vehicle from getting stuck. The ‘see through’ bonnet meanwhile combines cameras in the grille and jet-fighter-style head-up display technology on the windscreen.
Practically the car boasts a huge boot and seating for up to seven, with the arrangement operated by touchscreen. Visibility is boosted with the use of day-like light of the laser headlamps which feature smart object tracking and beam-dipping to improve driver safety.
The new Discovery is the latest model announced by prolific Jaguar Land Rover, which is experiencing its greatest ever period. Sales and profits are increasing thanks to models like the Range Rover Evoque and Jaguar F-Type.