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Land Rover developing smartphone control system for cars

Want to control your car from your phone? Well, there could soon be an app for that.

Jaguar Land Rover has announced that they are working on the new ‘Multi-Point Turn’ Range Rover Sport, a prototype that allows drivers to control the car remotely via a smartphone.

The company has stressed however that the technology only has a range of around 30 feet and won’t allow the ‘driver’ to exceed 4mph.

Instead of offering a remote driving experience, Jaguar Land Rover are hoping that the technology will allow owners to perform difficult tasks such as parking more easily.

Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Getting a car out of a tricky parking manoeuvre can be a stressful experience for any driver. 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.”

He added: “Autonomous car technologies will not take away the fun of driving.

"Because our customers drive in all terrains and in all weathers, any future autonomous Jaguar or Land Rover must be as capable on rough tracks and unpaved roads as it would be on city streets.”

The Multi-Point Turn technology is not the only exciting development that Jaguar Land Rover is working on, with mind control technology for their vehicles and an in-car health monitoring system both reportedly on the horizon.


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