Discovery Sport: Technologies That Enhance Convenience and Comfort
Land Rover aims to make its cars as comfortable to be in as they are to drive.
With a combination of 43 sensors perpetually monitoring the conditions inside and outside the car, the Discovery Sport has a number of key systems designed to enhance the safety, comfort and convenience of the vehicle's occupants.
Mounted alongside the rear view mirror is a stereoscopic camera, which monitors the road ahead - in a 50 degree horizontal range and at distances up to 50 metres (or around 4 seconds at 30mph). This system keeps an eye out for cars that may pose a danger to the Discovery Sport and may automatically apply the brakes if a collision is likely.
The camera also reads road signs for speed limits, alerting the driver if the speed is exceeded, and even watches for lane-wandering, responding to an unintentional drift by vibrating the steering wheel.
High beam assist is also tied into this camera, detecting oncoming vehicles and dipping the headlamps within 500 milliseconds to avoid dazzling them. In addition to this, a forward-facing sensor monitors the amount of external lighting with a rear-facing sensor watching the road up to 1km behind. If a driver with particularly bright headlights approaches from the rear, the mirror dims in accordance with the ambient light conditions - less dimming in brightly-lit cities, more on dark rural roads - to reduce reflected glare.
To improve vehicle efficiency, the Discovery Sport switches to two-wheel drive mode by disconnecting the rear driveshafts when cruising above 35km/h (22mph). Under hard acceleration or loss of traction, the 4WD re-engages in 300 milliseconds.
For the comfort of all passengers, the Discovery Sport can be equipped with an external air quality sensor, monitoring humidity and particulate levels. This automatically switches the dual zone climate control to re-circulation mode if it detects high pollution levels.
The Sun Load Sensor also uses the air conditioning system to finely adjust the cabin temperature to counteract solar heating. It monitors the angle and strength of sunshine 5 times a second and increases air conditioning output in response to increases in the amount of heating through the screen. It will even adjust as you drive between shade and sun and monitors internal humidity levels to keep the cabin temperature at the programmed setting.