Land Rover Develops Remote Control Technology for Defender 2020

October 2, 2019

Land Rover Develops Remote Control Technology for Defender 2020

Land Rover is developing a remote control function for the new Defender which will allow the owner to operate the vehicle remotely in certain off-road scenarios.

According to Land Rover's chief product engineer, Stuart Frith, they have run several tests of prototypes using the system and confirmed that the new architecture that supports Defender allows the use of such technology.

The British car manufacturer will introduce the remote control function as an extension of the existing 3D Scout system that provides a virtual image of the car from a distance and requires an Activity Key to confirm the driver is nearby and fully in control of the car.

When Land Rover can introduce a system like this is still unknown, because according to regulations the system requires prior approval to be used. However, there are already cars on the market that offer parking functions that can be controlled remotely and remote control technology for off-roaders is not much different.

Another interesting technology that is being considered by Land Rover is a system that allows Defender owners to broadcast live off-road streaming footage to the cloud.

Defender 2020 celebrates its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show and will initially be sold in variants of 90 and 110. The two engine choices that will be available temporarily are a P300 four cylinder with a turbocharger that produces 296 horsepower and a 3,000 cc six cylinder gasoline engine mated to 48 Volt electric supercharger that produces 395 horsepower and 550 Nm of torque).