Currently reading: Land Rover developing remote control tech for Defender
Existing 3D Scout system could be used for self-driving modes once legislation catches up
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27 September 2019

Land Rover is working on a remote control system for its new Defender that would allow low-speed driving from outside the car.

The system is designed for off-road use, allowing owners to negotiate obstacles and tight spots with more precision than if they were inside the car.

Chief product engineer Stuart Frith confirmed the car is “capable of being able to do that in terms of its architecture." He added: "We’ve got as far as understanding how to do it, and we’ve run prototypes as well.”

The technology would be an extension of the Defender’s 3D Scout system, which provides a virtual image of the car from a distance and would require the car’s wearable Activity Key to verify the driver is nearby and in control of the car. 

While the new Defender has advanced traction systems, clever software and better visibility with cameras and other sensors, Frith said there's no substitute for checking the surroundings from outside the car to get over obstacles. “If you’re in a tight spot and you’re on your own, you can still get out of the car and ‘spot it' yourself," he commented.

While some cars already on sale can perform low-speed parking manoeuvres by remote control, adding steering to the mix and dealing with challenging terrain makes things more difficult. Legislation is currently the biggest hurdle, with regulatory bodies wanting safety assurances.

Land Rover is also considering allowing owners to live-stream journey footage to the cloud using the Defender’s EVA 2.0 electrical architecture and Online Pack.

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27 September 2019

As an engineer I can assure readers that a remote control system of the type described would be a lot more fun to work on than dull old reliability engineering. The latter is just dry statistical analysis, statistical modelling and disassembling broken bits. That sort of thing. The problem is the customers, they don't care about the sexy new stuff, they just want their vehicles to not break down. How boring is that! Thankfully the bosses aren't that bothered about customers, they prefer to listen to Marketing.

PS Can't imagine any customers taking their £50K 90 up rocks as pictured. A guy in Marketing did it and he wrecked their car.

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27 September 2019
James Dene wrote:

As an engineer I can assure readers that a remote control system of the type described would be a lot more fun to work on than dull old reliability engineering. ...

As a software engineer I can assure readers that most 1st gen remote control systems will be too expensive to develop to be good, and car companies will have to buy or share this stuff. Look at how Tesla, Apple or Google cant do this yet... also how many want *unreliable* remote control?


James Dene wrote:

PS Can't imagine any customers taking their £50K 90 up rocks as pictured. A guy in Marketing did it and he wrecked their car.

No it’s just a clever photo angle. Note the photographer even had to reblack the tyres for the shot! Marketing dripped this story to Autocar and got the PR they wanted. Job done.

27 September 2019

Lol-They cant even get these things to be reliable let alone more toys to go wrong

The mugs that buy this crap

Laughable

 

27 September 2019

Personally I love this feature and if you can afford it buy it. 

27 September 2019

I have heard that SMEG is working on a washing machine that can move itself around the house depending on the weather. 

Actually I haven't.  But it would be more useful.

This sort of nonsense (which now infests all cars) will not be usable or repairable when the vehicle is 10 years old.  

 

27 September 2019

it is an upmarket expensive Discovery with toys for rich people.

 

Ineos is going to clean up in the Defender market if Land Rover don’t get their act together.

27 September 2019

The old model was a lovable dinosaur. But it'll be fun to compare market shareof Ineos and the new Defender. 

And at some point, you can apologise for being so wrong.

28 September 2019

How come autocrat took down the  article about JLR closing for 8 days after Brexit so quickly?

28 September 2019
lambo58 wrote:

How come autocrat took down the  article about JLR closing for 8 days after Brexit so quickly?

Hadn't you read it?

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