Getting in and out of vehicles would soon be easier.
Jaguar Land Rover has recently developed a car door that opens automatically as the driver approaches the vehicle. It can also close the door when the driver exit walks away from the vehicle.
The mobility door prototype is currently being tested on a Range Rover Sport and uses motion sensors along with existing keyless entry technology to detect the driver as they walk towards the vehicle before automatically opening the door to welcome them. Once on board, occupants can then close the mobility door with an overhead button – no need to reach out and pull the door shut.
Software built into the infotainment system shows the status of each door and allows easy operation of the driver and passenger doors from inside the cabin. To protect the automatic door from hitting anything, radar sensors are fitted which detect objects such as lamp posts or other obstacles. When exiting, the door can also be programmed to close and lock as you walk away.
Aside from the automatic door adding a touch of luxury of vehicles, it also helps disabled people such as amputees who primarily use a car as their main mode of transportation. In fact, Jaguar Land Rover is also working with an Invictus Games athlete to trial 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,” said former Royal Marine Commando Mark Ormrod, Britain’s first triple amputee from the Afghanistan conflict.