Jaguar is currently testing a new feature on a Range Rover Sport that allows its door to open for the driver as they start approaching the vehicle.
The feature works thanks to a keyless entry system that works hand-in-hand with motion sensors. These type of doors could prove to be very helpful for people with disabilities that report difficulties in working their way around cars.
After getting inside, they wouldn’t have to reach out to close the door either: all the drivers would have to do would be to press an overhead button in order to get the door to shut. The system’s software shows the status of each door and allows the driver to operate them from inside the cabin.
There’s also radar sensors on the driver door that will detect any obstacles that might stop the door from bumping into outside objects and it can also be programmed to close and lock as they walk away from the car.
At the moment, Jaguar Land Rover is working alongside Royal Marine Commando Mark Ormrod, who is a triple amputee, in order to further develop the system.
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.
For the time being, the company has not mentioned when the technology will see the light of day on commercially-available vehicles.
Jaguar hopes that the technology will not only help disabled people but will also prove to be relevant for other vehicles that will be developed in the future.