Land Rover is finally giving us some cool tech:
Lane Departure Warning is designed to warn the driver via a vibration in the steering wheel if an unintentional drift out of the lane begins. If the vehicle drifts from the centre of the lane, and the system does not detect an obvious lane-change manoeuvre or use of the indicators, the vibration alert is triggered. This is reinforced by a graphic in the instrument cluster.
The system is deactivated below 60km/h so it does not interfere in urban conditions. The driver can adjust the system’s sensitivity (two levels) and the alert intensity (three levels), or can turn the system off completely.
Traffic Sign Recognition uses the camera to identify traffic signs on either side of the road and on bridges, providing the driver with information about the latest detected speed limit, cancellation signs and overtaking regulations via the instrument cluster display.
To indicate how recent the information is, the displayed sign fades away in a series of steps as the distance increases from the location of the sign. The driver can also use the system to provide a warning of speeding, by configuring the system to flash the speed limit sign in the display when the vehicle exceeds the displayed limit by a set amount (which can be varied by the driver).
Another innovative feature is Flank Guard, which helps alert the driver to potential impacts on the sides of the vehicle during tight manoeuvres such as in multi-storey car parks, where it is easy to collide with pillars, barriers or other vehicles.
The new feature is enabled by the addition of extra distance sensors on the vehicle (now 6 sensors front and rear, instead of 4), which provide wider coverage around the vehicle than conventional park distance sensors.
The driver is warned of potential impacts by audible beeps, while the central instrument cluster display provides a graphical image indicating the proximity of objects using distance bars. Using information on the vehicle’s steering angle and trajectory, the system only warns when there is a threat of impact, for example ignoring close objects if the vehicle is steering away from them.