With in-car tech getting ever more sophisticated, self-driving cars are no longer the stuff of science fiction. However, automated driving off-road is a very different kettle of fish to developing technology that can automatically brake a car around town to avoid a collision.
With an array of different surfaces – and vastly differing grip levels – steep inclines and deep water all forming part of any serious 4×4’s repertoire, creating technology to deal with all of these is a much more challenging feat.
However, that hasn’t stopped Land Rover from creating ‘All Terrain Progress Control’. This slick system can keep the car moving over tough terrain much more effectively than a ham-fisted – and ham-footed – novice driver could manage.
This technology, now featuring on the new Range Rover, lets you press a button and leave the car to maintain a steady speed over anything-but-steady terrain, travelling at up to 19mph. Sensors keep track of the surface allowing for smooth progress, without the driver having to touch the pedals.
And the price for this clever kit? Just £175 – a drop in the ocean when it comes to Range Rover prices. Have a look at the video to see the system in action (with thanks to Car Throttle).
Picture: Land Rover UK