By Tim Smith
AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO REMOTELY CONTROL YOUR CAR. I REPEAT, AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO REMOTELY CONTROL YOUR CAR.
I suppose it’s an obvious off-shoot of the whole autonomous car thing. If you can sit back and relax while it takes you to London, or Munich, or Paris, or Stroud or someplace, and it can go and find a parking space, then come back when you need it, then *surely* there would be room to tap into that and actually control your vehicle for things like erm… well, you know…
This and six other technologies feature on the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept. Now *that’s* what I call a concept car.
The video above gives most of the information you need in short terms, but to bullet point (because everybody loves a good list) is to be closer to god. Yes it is.
1. The next generation of Terrain Response features a Klingon officer, an Android and an empath who wears tight costumes that… no wait. Terrain Response, that’s where I was.
The new terrain response programme uses infrared LASERS that scan the road/track/school field ahead, and activate the appropriate Terrain Response program. Terrain Response.
2. An autonomous driving system that allows the driver to remotely control the car. The example given is for obstacles that you may encounter that cannot be easily navigated from the inside of the vehicle. Actually getting out of the car to get a better vantage point could help you see that sump busting rock, or where to find that last bit of grip. Takes away the fun if your our mucking about, but if you’ve actually got to be somewhere, or someone is relying on you (say you’re the UN or an emergency service) then it all starts to make more sense.
A real world example, something closer to the everyday, is being able to back the vehicle onto a trailer or trailer hitch. If you’re one of the posho’s who’s likely to buy one of these machines, this could actually mean something.
3. Smart Glass. Yep, it’s everywhere in our collective gadgety minds at the moment. Are we going to look like total morons when we’re all walking around looking into our glasses and talking? Probably. This, however, scales it up car-sized.
So, all of the glass in the Vision Concept is smart. Coupling this to head-up displays and it can be used to ‘see’ stuff that would normally be hidden by the bulk of the car. The PR gives an example of someone driving past the Empire State Building and being able to access Wikipedia via the windows in the car, blending augmented reality with a touch screen interface. I-Drive is about to look somewhat archaic.
4. Gesture and voice control, something that has been around for while now, now comes with a new twist. Land Rover write that the ‘in the next 25 years we will use gaze and biometrics to interact with the vehicle’. Perhaps a reactive climate control system? A sensor that detects where you are looking and indicates when you forget?
6. LASER COMMIUNICATIONS. Yes, it’s always justified (for the time being, at least) to use caps when there are LASERS involved. In this case, the new LASER lighting tech can be used to project messages onto the road ahead or behind. Perhaps a large warning triangle, or an image of a man about to blow chunks, if someone is about to blow chunks out of the side of the car. Or a giant penis to indicate that the driver is a giant penis.
Yes, what the police find offensive will be the limit. I’d put a significant amount of money on this being a popular thing in the modified car scene…
7. Some water proof surfaces and seats. Not so ground breaking, this one, but seven is definitely a cooler number than six. FACT.
Take note, everybody else, giving a something a stoopid name and saying it’s a groundbreaking concept car is effectively a lie.
Now, who’s for wondering whether any of this tech will actually work on your totally reliable JLR product?