Wed, Sep 14, 2016

Adventurer adjusts Discovery’s seats while skydiving

World-renowned British adventurer and Land Rover owner Bear Grylls recently took to the skies to put the new Discovery’s intelligent seat fold technology to the ultimate test. 

The system allows Discovery owners to configure their vehicle seating through the InControl Remote app on their smartphone from anywhere in the world - even in mid-air. 

Having jumped from a plane with six members of the Royal Navy parachute display team and freefalling at 125 mph, Bear was able to change the vehicle’s seating layout at the touch of a button on his smartphone before he deployed his parachute

Once on the ground all the skydivers were able to jump into a camouflaged prototype of the New Discovery, which comfortably seats seven full-sized adults. 

The world-first technology allows the two rear rows of seats to be fully reconfigured in as as little as 14 seconds via the app, downloaded on any iOS or Android operating system. 

Grylls said: “Land Rover is proving why the new Discovery is the ultimate family SUV. The fact that they have created this world-first Intelligent Seat Fold technology is impressive in itself and for the remote function to work while we are freefalling from a plane is pretty cool! 

“I’m not sure many people will be using it in such a manner but the technology to operate the car remotely in this way will undoubtedly be a real winner for busy families who want to be prepared.”

Alex Heslop, Land Rover’s Chief Engineer for Discovery, said: “This unique feature sets the New Discovery apart from any other vehicle. The fact that owners can change the seating while doing things like queuing with their shopping is a true milestone in convenience delivered through technological innovation.”

The seat fold technology can be activated in four different ways, including the remote function tried and tested by Grylls. Closer to the ground, switches within the luggage area and on the C-pillar allow the seats to be moved or folded while standing beside the vehicle. Row two and three seats can also be raised and lowered using the main touchscreen display on the dashboard.

The InControl Remote app allows customers to connect with the SUV from anywhere in the world, making it possible to perform a variety of functions. From confirming all the windows are closed or checking the fuel level to setting the air conditioning or monitoring its location, the advanced technology brings new levels of customer convenience and connectivity to the premium SUV market.

Grylls is one of the most recognised faces of survival and outdoor adventure. His TV Emmy nominated show Man Vs Wild/Born Survivor became one of the most watched programmes on the planet with an estimated audience of 1.2 billion. He then progressed to US Network TV, hosting the hit adventure show ‘Running Wild’ on NBC, where he takes some of the world’s best known movie stars on incredible adventures, including the likes of President Barack Obama, Ben Stiller, & Kate Winslet, Zac Efron and Channing Tatum.

Having authored 20 books, including the number one Bestselling autobiography: Mud, Sweat & Tears, Bear is now bringing the adventure to our doorsteps with his first ever UK live arena spectacular, Endeavour.

The new Discovery will make its world premiere on September 28 ahead of Paris Motor Show in France.

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