2020 Land Rover Defender To Get A Remote Control Function For Off-Roading

Land Rover is developing a remote control function for the all-new Defender that will allow owners to operate the vehicle remotely in certain off-road scenarios, Autocar reports.

According to Land Rover chief product engineer Stuart Frith, the British company has run prototype tests of the system, confirming that the new architecture underpinning the Defender allows for such technologies.

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 the vehicle’s wearable Activity Key to confirm the driver is nearby and in control of the off-roader.

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It remains to be seen when Land Rover could introduce such a system, as it would likely need to wait for regulatory approval first. However, there are other vehicles on the market that offer remote-controlled parking functions for quite some time now, and providing remote control for an off-roader isn’t all that different.

Another interesting piece of tech being considered by Land Rover is a system allowing Defender owners to live-stream off-roading footage to the cloud.

The 2020 Defender celebrated its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show and will initially be sold in 90 and 110 variants. Buyers in the United States will have two engines to choose from: a P300 turbocharged four-cylinder with 296 hp and a 3.0-liter inline-six petrol mated to a 48-volt electric supercharger that delivers 395 hp and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque. Deliveries are set to commence next year.

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  • Matteo Tommasi

    HOW exciting, you go offroading but you actually don’t.

    • Hoe

      As exviting as that green paint

  • Ben

    The streaming your offroading bit is acceptable. Somewhat like Corvette’s Performance Data Recorder, but the remote control gimmick is just wacky. Why would you want/need that? I could understand if this feature were for a truck to remotely launch/hitch a boat at the ramp. But just offroading seems pathetic/lazy.

    • Mike Sinyaboot ©

      Why would anyone need/want the automated parking function? It is pretty pathetic that people can’t park but that is feature that has been adopted industry wide.

      Turning an off-roader into an RC car has plenty of uses. It would be perfect for a scenario where clearance for the vehicle is extremely tight and the driver can’t see where contact might occur. It could also be very helpful if and when the car needs to use its winch to get unstuck. There could also be a situation where there is high risk for a rollover and it is safer to be out of the car. I’m sure there are plenty of other situations where RC mode would be amazingly helpful.

  • Bash
  • ErnieB

    Can it also flap its doors and do a mud dance?

  • pcurve

    so it’s like, cheat mode.

  • Mill0048

    Looks great with steelies!

  • MonkeyRider

    I thought it’s April fools day.. and wait, what?

  • Alexandro Pietro

    CENSURE IS A UGLY AND ANTI-DEMOCRATIC THING!!!

  • unknownvariable

    The thumbnail looks like the driver is shooting firearm.

  • SteersUright

    First, this is looking like it’ll be a very cool little toy!

    But, I have a few small niggles with it that just bug me. First, anything with true offroad intent should have 33inch wheel/tire diameter like on all the Wrangler Rubicons and older Defenders. The steel wheels and tires on this new Defender look woefully small.
    Second, wtf is up with all those weird engines that seem overly complex and sure to be reliability nightmares? Jeep-like vehicles should be simple, dependable and not prone to breaking out in the theoretical wilderness. Also, 350hp should’ve been the base car’s minimum power, with up to 550hp for something to take on the AMG G63.

  • #tyreslayer

    I’d love to get on the roof of it and drive it like a yacht

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