Land Rover has created a new prototype app-based system that will let drivers control vehicle functions through a smartphone device.
Once the technology is ready to be released, a number of cameras and sensors work together to allow drivers to remotely control functions like acceleration, brakes, and steering, according to Land Rover.
"Getting a car out of a tricky parking maneuver can be a stressful experience," said Dr. Wolfgang Epple, JLR's director of research and technology, in a press statement. "A remote control car, or a vehicle that can autonomously turn in the road, demonstrates how we could use these new technologies to reduce the tedious parts of driving and improve road safety."
If any of this sounds familiar, it's sort of like the system used for James Bond's BMW 750iL, which was featured in the famous chase scene in "Tomorrow Never Dies." The main difference is the Range Rover is only capable of driving 4 mph while being remotely controlled.
Land Rover also notes that software only works for the smartphone-controlled Range Rover Sport if a user is within 10 yards of the vehicle and it detects the smart key. If a user gets too far away from the vehicle the system is designed to stop on the spot.
No word has been released yet when we can all expect the remote-control Land Rover.
Epple said that it was not the company's intention to "take away away the fun of driving" but to make driving easier and safer.
Click below to watch the system in action.