- Auto-opening door welcomes driver
- Radar sensors prevent car-park dings
- War veteran commando used to test the tech
PRETORIA, South Africa – Jaguar Land Rover has developed a car door that opens automatically as the driver approaches.
The ”mobility door prototype” being tested on a Range Rover Sport, using motion sensors and existing keyless entry technology to swing open the door.
The automaker says the technology could help less-abled people such as former Royal Marine Commando Mark Ormrod (pictured) to whom a car is the main mode of transport.
EASY TO CLOSE
It can also help a parent carrying a child’s car seat by removing the fumble of trying to open the door while carrying a seat – and, perhaps, junior – or other large items.
No need to reach out to pull the door closed, either. A button above the driving seat does the job.
Software displaying on the infotainment system shows the status of each door and allows operation of the driver and passenger doors from inside the cabin.
Radar sensors on the driver’s door can detect lamp posts or other obstacles with which the door might collide while opening; more communication can close and lock the door as the driver walks away.
Jaguar Land Rover is working with gold medal-winning Invictus athlete Ormrod to test the system – a hero who underwent a triple amputation after being severely wounded in the Afghanistan conflict.
The commando told The Corner in media release: “The technology would be such a benefit to me and has real power to change the lives for those face problems getting in or out of a car.
”Opening and closing the car door may seem like such an insignificant task to many people but sometimes it’s the small everyday obstacles which others take for granted but for the disabled are most frustrating.”
JLR research engineers took six months to develop the system on a laboratory rig before testing it the Range Rover. It could become relevant to all future vehicles.