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JLR developing remote-control parking app

Date: 16 June 2015   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Jaguar Land Rover has created a smartphone app which can remotely control a Range Rover from outside the vehicle, making it easier to park in tight spaces.

The project is currently at the development stage, but JLR said the app includes control of steering, the accelerator and brakes. It also allows the user to switch between high and low range gearboxes for rough terrain.

JLR said users could walk alongside the car at a maximum speed of 4mph to maneuver their car out of challenging situations.

The remote function will only operate if the user is within 10 metres of the car and if the car's key can be detected. The system will stop the vehicle if the driver moves out of range or gets too close.

JLR said the feature could be used to reverse a car out of a parking space if someone has parked too close for them to open the door. It could also allow drivers to guide the car over off-road obstacles from outside the vehicle.

JLR said in the future it wants to offer customers the choice of an "engaged" or autonomous drive - meaning the car can drive itself if required, while offering systems to aid drivers when they want to take over.

"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," said Dr Wolfgang Epple, director of research and technology at JLR.

"We know our customers drive in heavy rain, and snow, and bright desert sunshine every day. We are working on an array of new sensors that would enable a car to operate in any environment, without any outside intervention or input from lane markings or roadside infrastructure like traffic lights," said Epple.