One of the systems in development is a remote-control application that allows drivers to control their car from outside the vehicle, using a smartphone. Working at speeds of up to 4mph and with a range of 10 metres, the system is being pitched as a way for users to traverse tricky off-road terrain - or tight urban spaces - without being inside the vehicle.
A pilot Range Rover Sport vehicle has been successfully tested using the application, which only works if the car’s smart key can be detected. JLR says future versions of the technology could include a function to allow drivers to issue spoken commands and have the vehicle follow them autonomously.
Also unveiled today is a prototype Range Rover Sport that is capable of performing a 180deg turn autonomously. Already tested in situations including dead-end roads and congested car parks, the car was able to perform the manoeuvre successfully without interference from the driver.