The future of driving: Range Rover reveals smartphone-controlled vehicle

The future of driving: Range Rover reveals smartphone-controlled vehicle 22nd June 2015

In the last few years, various car companies around the world have been exploring the idea of the driverless vehicle – with varying success – as they try to imagine how we will get from A to B in the not-too-distant future. 

However, while most of these projects have seen companies try to make use of sensors and artificial intelligence, one firm has taken a leaf straight out of the book of one James Bond, bringing the idea of a smartphone-controlled car to life. 

The famous fictional spy himself has previously called upon his signature Aston Martin car from afar to come save him from one of his many perilous situations. However, Range Rover has developed the technology for a more practical use. 

It said it is working on the development of a series of sensors and controls that will allow users to manoeuvre their car from an app on their phone. The reason behind this is simple – it wants to allow off-road motorists to be able to tackle treacherous and tricky terrains and obstacles without actually having to be in the car, improving safety. 

It can also allow the driver the chance to get outside the car and judge whether they have the ground clearance to pass a certain object, or whether a hill really is just too steep for them to attempt to traverse. 

In addition to this, should the driver find themselves in a sticky situation, having driven towards a dead end that it is particularly hard to get out of, they can simply use their smartphone to turn the vehicle 180 degrees to allow them to safely get back to their off roading. 

"Getting a car out of a tricky parking manoeuvre can be a stressful experience for any driver," according to JLR’s director of research and development, Dr Wolfgang Epple.

"A remote-control car, or a vehicle that can autonomously turn in the road, demonstrates how we could use these new technologies to reduce the tedious parts of driving and improve road safety."

Posted by Danielle Barge