In conjunction with the introduction of the 2017 model Discovery Sport, Land Rover has announced the debut of an innovative tech feature. The British 4x4 automaker has revealed that it partnered with tech company “Tile” to produce an on-board version of Tile’s advanced tracking app. The 2017 Discovery Sport is the first vehicle ever to incorporate the groundbreaking Tile technology.
A Land Rover corporate press release says, “The rush to work or the school run can often result in important items being left behind, but the new Discovery Sport is designed to make forgotten wallets and missing bags a thing of the past. The app uses Tile tags, tiny Bluetooth trackers that can be attached to important items and used to track their whereabouts using smartphone technology.”
Peter Virk, Jaguar Land Rover's Director of Connected Technologies & Apps, said: "Losing your wallet or leaving your child's sports kit behind isn't just an inconvenience. The realization you've mislaid something important can be a cause of distraction. Our unique partnership with Tile means customers can check the status of tagged items using Discovery Sport's touchscreen, so forgotten items will be a thing of the past."
The on-board app allows customers, interfacing through the built-in touch screen, to create a list of essential items. When the app is initiated, the vehicle’s system checks to see if each item’s Tile is present. If an item gets lost within the vehicle, each Tile features a 90-decibel alarm that can be activated and used to help locate them.
The Tile smartphone app is compatible with both Android and Apple platforms and there is no limit to the number of items that can be tracked. Land Rover’s press release goes on to say that the average person spends 15 minutes a day searching for lost items. Now if only you could get the Range Rover Sport up the stairs to your apartment to help you look for your keys/wallet/cell phone BEFORE you leave the house.
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