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Bear Grylls remotely rearranges Discovery seating while skydiving

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Most Discovery owners will probably use the InControl Remote app in much more serene conditions than Bear Grylls' 125 mph free-falling stunt
Most Discovery owners will probably use the InControl Remote app in much more serene conditions than Bear Grylls' 125 mph free-falling stunt
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The small airplane carrying Bear Grylls and the Royal Navy Parachute Display Team
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The small airplane carrying Bear Grylls and the Royal Navy Parachute Display Team
Bear Grylls shows the smartphone strapped to his arm and loaded with the InControl Remote app from Land Rover
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Bear Grylls shows the smartphone strapped to his arm and loaded with the InControl Remote app from Land Rover
The InControl Remote app uses a simple graphical interface to allow the customer to arrange the Discovery's seating 
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The InControl Remote app uses a simple graphical interface to allow the customer to arrange the Discovery's seating 
Bear Grylls rolls off the plane to start his descent toward the new Land Rover Discovery
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Bear Grylls rolls off the plane to start his descent toward the new Land Rover Discovery
Most Discovery owners will probably use the InControl Remote app in much more serene conditions than Bear Grylls' 125 mph free-falling stunt
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Most Discovery owners will probably use the InControl Remote app in much more serene conditions than Bear Grylls' 125 mph free-falling stunt
Land Rover equipped Bear Grylls and the Royal Navy Parachute Display Team with appropriately-branded parachutes
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Land Rover equipped Bear Grylls and the Royal Navy Parachute Display Team with appropriately-branded parachutes
One after another, the seven members of the display team landed around the new Land Rover Discovery
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One after another, the seven members of the display team landed around the new Land Rover Discovery
The landing target as seen from above
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The landing target as seen from above
By the time everyone is safely on the ground, the new Discovery's seating  has already been arranged to accommodate all seven passengers
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By the time everyone is safely on the ground, the new Discovery's seating  has already been arranged to accommodate all seven passengers
Bear Grylls (front) poses next to the new Land Rover Discovery and the six members of the Royal Navy Parachute Display Team
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Bear Grylls (front) poses next to the new Land Rover Discovery and the six members of the Royal Navy Parachute Display Team
The new Land Rover Discovery will be officially unveiled on September 28 at the Mondial de l' Automobile in Paris, France
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The new Land Rover Discovery will be officially unveiled on September 28 at the Mondial de l' Automobile in Paris, France
This is Land Rover's first teaser image of the new Discovery
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This is Land Rover's first teaser image of the new Discovery
The fifth generation Land Rover Discovery is just around the corner
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The fifth generation Land Rover Discovery is just around the corner

Ahead of the Paris Motor Show premiere of the new Discovery SUV later this month, Land Rover arranged for renowned adventurer Bear Grylls to demonstrate its innovative Intelligent Seat Fold technology by remotely arranging the SUV's seats while parachuting from a plane.

The fifth generation Land Rover Discovery is about to make its world premiere on September 28 at the Mondial de l' Automobile in Paris, France, and the company remains tight-lipped on much of the technology at the heart of its new SUV. Apart from a couple of images that Land Rover has released on its website, even the vehicle's main components are the subject of much speculation.

But thanks to a spectacular publicity stunt involving Land Rover Ambassador and TV adventurer Bear Grylls, we now know more about some remote access tech that will allow the driver to configure several features from a smartphone. Along with six members of the Royal Navy Parachute Display Team, Grylls jumped out of an airplane, arranging the seats of a camouflaged Discovery mid-air before the whole seven-member team landed around and boarded the new car.

One after another, the seven members of the display team landed around the new Land Rover Discovery
One after another, the seven members of the display team landed around the new Land Rover Discovery

Grylls (who became a household name thanks to his long-standing Ultimate Survival series on the … Discovery Channel) remotely moved and folded the vehicle's seven seats using an iOS/Android app called the InControl Remote.

The app also enables the user to perform such tasks as monitoring the car's position, checking fuel level, making sure that the windows are closed, and pre-setting the air condition to a specified temperature from anywhere in the world that has internet access.

"Land Rover is proving why the New Discovery is the ultimate family SUV," said Bear Grylls after the jump. "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."

You can see all the action in the video below.

All-New Land Rover Discovery Intelligent Seat Fold Technology Tested by Bear Grylls

Source: Land Rover

3 comments
CAVUMark
Yes, I can see the look on my mechanics face when I tell him my ap doesn't rearrange my seats correctly.
Bob Flint
Will the car sell seek a new owner if your shoot fails, & you don't return or respond?...Or at least re-arrange the seats flat for the bits left over, sort of hearse mode....
VirtualGathis
Awesome! Now hackers can rearrange your seating for you while you are driving! That will make for some wonderful headlines.