The automotive media is all abuzz with the latest video offering from Land Rover, demonstrating a new feature in the works.
The video shows the driver of a Range Rover Sport, driving off road. When the vehicle encounters a particularly treacherous section of trail, the driver steps out of the vehicle. What happens next is pretty neat.
Using an app on his smartphone, the smartly dressed driver positions himself so that he can see the underside of the SUV. Is something under there going to contact a rock or get hung up, leaving him and his passenger potentially stuck? The vehicle then drives itself, guided by the driver using his smartphone, and safely completes the obstacle. Once they are back on more stable terrain, the driver gets back in and drives off normally.
Some say this is the end of 4-wheeling as we know it. My personal opinion? Not everybody is off-roading for recreation. Anyone operating a four-wheel-drive vehicle should know the vehicle and be trained and experienced enough to handle whatever situation may arise. When arrival at your intended destination with no damage to the vehicle is of the utmost importance, a feature like this could be incredibly useful. It shows that Land Rover are indeed at the top of their own game and are still king of the mountain when it comes to building out-of-the-box capable off road vehicles.
What do you think?
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