Jaguar Land Rover has developed a mobility door prototype that automatically opens as the driver approaches.
Likened to ‘an invisible valet’, the door can be opened by gesture control as well as using motion sensors and existing keyless entry technology to detect the driver as they approach the vehicle.
It is estimated that a third of disabled car users say they face practical difficulties in their day-to-day life. The technology could help disabled people who use their car as their primary mode of transport.
Former marine and Invictus Games athlete, Mark Ormrod, is helping Jaguar Land Rover develop and test the new technology. He said, “This innovative Jaguar Land Rover technology would be such a benefit to me and has real power to change lives for those who face problems getting in and out of the car.
"Opening and closing the car door may seem like such an insignificant task to many people but sometimes it’s the small, everyday obstacles which people take for granted that are most frustrating to overcome for those living with disabilities."
The mobility door could be a beneficial feature to those carrying child seats or other bulky items that might leave them unable to safely open the vehicle door.
Xu Zhou, deep learning technical research manager at Jaguar Land Rover commented, “The mobility door is an exciting piece of technology that offers a real-world value to our customers. There’s also something very welcoming about the door opening on your approach – something we think will be greatly valued as we become more familiar with shared mobility."