By: IOL Motoring Staff

Netheravon, Wiltshire - We really can't imagine why anybody would want to change the layout of the seats in their car from a distance, other than to impress their friends.

But that's exactly what the 'intelligent' seat folding technology in the fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery can do, using the InControl Remote app on their smartphone from anywhere in the world - even in mid-air.

If you're Bear Grylls, that is.

He took this feature to new heights when he and six members of the Royal Navy Parachute Display Team jumped out of an aeroplane and he set up the seating layout of a new Disco waiting at the drop zone from his phone before he had to deploy his chute - and the seven of them jumped in and drove away.

Too big for the boot

Gimmicky, yes, and a publicity stunt of note - but the point is made that if you're in the check-out queue at Builders Warehouse with something too big for the boot, you can re-organise your Disco's layout to make space for it before you arrive at the car with your arms full and without a hand free to rearrange the seating.

There are actually four ways to rearrange the seats in the new Disco - from the touchscreen on the centre stack, using switches in the C pillars and in the cargo bay, and using the InControl app.

The app - available for both iOS and Android smartphones - also lets you check remotely that all the car's windows are closed (and close them if they're not) check the fuel level, set the aircon to cool the cabin before you get in, and find the car if you can't remember where you parked it.

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