Jaguar Land Rover’s New Door Opens All By Itself

Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled a prototype door which can automatically open as the driver approaches or be operated by gesture control.

Dubbed the mobility door prototype, Jaguar Land Rover’s new technology combines motion sensors with existing keyless entry technology to detect a driver walking towards the vehicle before automatically opening the door.

The British car manufacturer says the technology will prove especially important for disabled people that use a car as their main form of transport. Additionally, it will be useful for people carrying large items as the driver that don’t have a free hand to open the door.

Much like a Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover’s mobility door prototype can be closed from the inside with the press of an overhead button. To ensure doors don’t randomly open into the path of obstacles, such as lamp posts, radar sensors have been fitted. Users can also configure the door to close and lock as they walk away.

Of course, automatic opening doors like this aren’t a new technology. For example, Tesla owners have been enjoying similar technology for quite some time.

Nevertheless, former Royal Marine Commando and triple amputee Mark Ormrod, says the technology will be very handy for people with disabilities.

“This innovative Jaguar Land Rover technology would be such a benefit to me and has real power to change lives for those who face problems getting in and out of the 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 people take for granted that are most frustrating to overcome for those living with disabilities,” Ormrod said.

Jaguar Land Rover hasn’t said when it will introduce the technology to its production vehicles.

  • Knotmyrealname

    I always have trouble with the legislators allowing people with disabilities to drive cars. I’d like to know how comfortable they’d be if it was their child who ran out on to the street in front of an oncoming car driven by a disabled person versus an able one. If opening a door is seen as a challenge, God knows how reacting to and swerving out of the way of a child would be.
    We all have rights, but driving a car isn’t one of them.

    • Vassilis

      So, if you had an accident which, say, cost you your hand and after getting a prosthetic you proved your ability to still drive your car, would you be happy if the legislators forbid you from doing so?

      • Knotmyrealname

        I think I would have to ask myself whether I am able to drive well enough in order to avoid killing someone or someone else’s child. I think the answer would be no. I wouldn’t drive again.

        • Vassilis

          As I said before, you would already have proved your ability to drive a car. Exactly how people with prosthetics have and are therefore allowed to drive.

          • Knotmyrealname

            There’s driving, and then there’s driving.
            99% of the time you’d be fine, but it’s that 1% that’s important. I’d still say no.

          • Vassilis

            How many of the drivers who don’t have prosthetics do you reckon are capable of avoiding that 1% of the time accident? There are drivers with prosthetics that are much better than many without.

          • Knotmyrealname

            I’ll let you shove your/relative’s/friend’s child in front of some cars for a real world test if you like.

          • Vassilis

            Your way of thinking it truly pathetic.

          • Knotmyrealname

            But it saves lives!!!!!!!

          • Vassilis

            Do you have statistical data for that? If not, I’m afraid it’s just pathetic.

          • Knotmyrealname

            …and where are your stats that prove your notion that drivers with prosthetics are much better than many without?
            And how do you quantify ‘much better’?

          • Vassilis

            You can’t seriously be asking me that. I’m sure you know how terrible many, many drivers are. Not just average or bad. Terrible. They shouldn’t even be driving. So on the one hand you have those and on the other you have amputees who love driving and are actually putting effort into that. Or you have racing drivers like Billy Monger. Do you have any doubt those people are better drivers than those terrible ones we encounter every day on the road?

          • Knotmyrealname

            So there are terrible (able bodied) ones so therefore there will be terrible disabled ones too. Your argument seems to be that since there are terrible drivers already out on the road, it’s OK to introduce terrible disabled ones as well?

  • Knotmyrealname

    And now the language starts and the discrimination card is played. Hmmm, time to bail. This is a lost cause.

  • Vassilis

    Didn’t call you any names, I didn’t personally attack you and I did keep it civilized. Happy new year!

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