Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept

We’re not even going to bother comparing the new Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept (LR-DVC) to the current Ford Explorer, because the resemblance is uncannily obvious to even the most casual followers of the automotive industry. Instead, we’ll let the pictures do the talking when it comes to the cosmetics and bullet point a few of the neat gee-whiz features found on the all-new Discovery concept. 

Four to Seven Seats With Touchscreen Controls

For the Social – We heard the term “social seating” back when the DC100 was making the rounds and the technology has surfaced again on the LR-DVC. A touchscreen menu allows the vehicle to be configured in seven, six, five, and four-seat modes. The inclusion of all seven seats was surely a relief to many who speculated the concept may only fit five. Also included is integrated roll-away luggage. 

For the Anti-Social – The inclusion of Human-Machine Interface (HMI) tech allows for video calls between passengers. Heaven forbid anybody actually talk to each other without using some sort of a screen as a medium. That aside, also included are gesture controls for the doors, lights, turn signals, and other routine functions. Hopefully the gesture controls work a little smoother than the voice activated controls many Land Rover owners are familiar with.

Ghost Riding the LR-DVC

Remote Control Drive technology allows remote operation of the LR-DVC at very low speeds.

Ghost Riding (a.k.a. Remote Control Drive) – If you’ve spent enough time on YouTube’s automotive channel, you may already be familiar with the concept of “ghost riding.” It’s essentially letting your vehicle go about its business with nobody behind the wheel as you walk alongside it. Land Rover takes ghost riding a step further with its Remote Control Drive tech that allows the driver to operate the LR-DVC remotely at very low speeds. 

Next Generation Terrain Response

Transparent Hood – This nifty camera system received a fair bit of press during the build-up to the unveiling at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). The system allows the driver to see the terrain immediately under the front of the vehicle, effectively making the hood (and everything below it) appear transparent via a heads-up display. 

Water Depth Measuring – A water depth measuring system is also back. Just as we saw on the DC100, the LR-DVC’s system is capable of determining the depth of a water crossing before taking the plunge. It’s a rather significant improvement over the “my ankles are getting wet and we might be floating” method used in the past and something we would love to see head into production as a standard Terrain Response feature. 

Terrain Scanning and Marking – Laser-based terrain scanning is also included. This technology creates a contour map of the terrain in front of the vehicle can be coupled with a system that aids the driver in choosing the best route. Additionally, lasers are used to project symbols, lines, and other graphics onto nearby terrain to help aid in navigation. 

Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept Front View

Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept Rear View

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