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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 18/05/2014
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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Jaguar Land Rover has presented some of the advanced research being developed to deliver Intelligent on- and off-road driving for customers of tomorrow. 

The technologies include remote control off-road driving, predictive infrared laser scanning, gesture and voice control activation, smart glass that transforms the connectivity of the interior experience, and semi-autonomous driving, both on and off road. ''The car of the future will become more capable, cleaner, more connected, more desirable and more intelligent,'' says Dr Wolfgang Epple, director of Research and Technology at Jaguar Land Rover.

''These are the five themes that are leading the research we are undertaking at Jaguar Land Rover today. ''We are showcasing some very exciting new technologies on the Discovery Vision Concept car. While some have real potential and others are just concepts, both Jaguar and Land Rover will continue to set new standards and continue to grow by bringing these new technologies and innovations to our customers.'' Next generation Terrain Response For the Land Rover brand, a priority is to push the boundaries of its renowned class-leading breadth of capabilities.

The next generation of Land Rover's iconic multi-mode terrain- tackling system Terrain Response could be enhanced by predictive Terrain Scanning, which uses infrared lasers in the Discovery Vision Concept's front fog lamps to scan the ground in front of the vehicle. These sensors analyse the type of terrain about to be traversed and assess and predict the vehicle's reaction to it.

The vehicle can then automatically engage the appropriate traction system to best deal with the terrain ahead. A map of the terrain can be displayed on the high-definition cluster screen, providing the driver with a visual reference. Wade Aid takes Land Rover's current Wade Sensing technology a stage further by predicting the depth of water before the car enters.

A new sensory system would use lasers to judge the depth of a stream or pond and let the driver know the feasibility of the intended wading manoeuvre even before the tyres get wet. Off-road driving through Remote Control' Jaguar Land Rover is working hard on autonomous vehicles that, if the driver wishes, can drive themselves.

''We see the autonomous car taking away the boring, the tedious, the routine part of the journey while allowing the driver to actively stay in contact, do some work, or relax with the vehicle's infotainment system,'' says Dr Epple. ''But when the driver wants to enjoy the driving experience, our new driver assistance systems will give them more because customers will still want to be engaged with their vehicle.

A smarter car should not take away driving pleasure “ it should enhance the driver's experience onand off-road.'' These driving aids include All- Terrain Progress Control, which allows for semi-autonomous offroad driving at slow speed. It is a low-speed all-terrain cruise control that vectors torque to maintain a steady speed chosen by the driver.

This system can be used with the driver in the vehicle, or in an extreme off-road situation, the driver may decide that it is safer and easier to inch the vehicle over obstacles from an outside vantage point by Remote Control. This allows the driver to become his or her own off-road spotter, controlling the vehicle at very low speed from outside the car, using a tablet or smartphone, or a rotary control removed from the vehicle itself. Remote Control could also be used as a parking aid or when reversing up to a trailer.

''Jaguar Land Rover's journey to autonomous' driving began nearly 20 years ago when Jaguar was the first to market with Adaptive Cruise Control in the XK in 1996,'' says Dr Epple. ''Today we already offer a range of driver assistance technologies* that enable driving with optimum efficiency and reduce the potential for accidents.''

Reducing driver-induced errors is the key reason for developing more intelligent vehicles, as 99 per cent of accidents are caused by driver error. Human Machine Interface Smart glass is used in the entire glasshouse of the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept car “ in all the windows, the panoramic roof and, allied to Head-Up Display (HUD) technology, in the windscreen.

Dr Epple believes it offers numerous advantages, including incar information and improved visibility. Cameras in the car can project video images onto the smart glass or the HUD. These can make awkward manoeuvres, such as reversing around a corner, much easier. The smart' glass can also carry switchgear, which only becomes visible when a finger gets close to the glass.

Discovery Vision Concept The doors and tailgate of the Discovery Vision Concept are all activated by gesture control, as are a number of other functions. ''We recognise that it is substantially more intuitive to use gestures than to press a button or turn a switch,'' Dr Epple says. Gesture control will become a reality on Jaguar Land Rover vehicles in the near future. The controls recognise designated hand or finger movements, eliminating the chance of unintentionally t


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