Coventry, England - In the age of automated everything, where even electric tailgates are becoming commonplace, one would wonder why electrically operated car doors haven’t become a thing.
It could soon, however, with Jaguar Land Rover having just announced its mobility door prototype, which is currently being tested on a Range Rover Sport. Not only will it make life even lazier for regular consumers, the technology also has the potential to provide much needed assistance to disabled customers - since research shows that up to a third of such motorists struggle with practical difficulties in their day to day usage.
To that end, Invictus Games gold medallist and former Royal Marine Commando Mark Ormrod, who is a triple amputee, has agreed to help JLR test the technology.
So how do these mobility doors work?
One of the big challenges was to prevent the doors from colliding with the doors of other cars in parking lots, as well as garage walls and other objects that they might encounter, and this is solved by radar sensors mounted on the doors.