Discovery Sport Challenges Snow Tunnel

This summer has been warm for Northern Europe. So warm in fact, it has posed a training problem for Laura Kaarainen, Finnish middle distance champion, and her team of six sled dogs. Land Rover sought to remedy this and helped transport her team of huskies in a Discovery Sport to the Vesileppis Ski Tunnel in Finland to train.

The Vesileppis Ski Tunnel is 115-ft below ground level and kept at 28.4 degrees Fahrenheit. It is so cold that the tunnel is able to maintain .8 inches of snow throughout the summer. 

While Laura Kaarainen and her team practiced, Land Rover thought it would be a perfect opportunity for the Discovery Sport to be put to the test. The Discovery Sport has a 286HP Ingenium 4-cylinder power engine, Intelligent all-wheel drive technology, and Terrain Response system1 to assist it with maneuvering the ski tunnel.

“Snow is one of the most demanding surfaces drivers will encounter during winter around the world and Discovery Sport proved to be as comfortable in these conditions as the dogs,” Karl Richards, Driver and Lead Engineer for Stability Control Systems at Jaguar Land Rover said. “Land Rover’s advanced Terrain Response technology and intelligent four-wheel drive system ensure our premium compact SUV is in a class of its own when it comes to off-road driving – whether you’ve got two legs or four.”

When the “teams” set off, they went in opposite directions. The dog sled team worked through the first incline then were able to pick up speed and maintain it, usually around 22 mph. The Discovery Sport was initially blocked by some ice blocks, so the wheel articulation and traction control systems came in handy and worked superbly. The teams fought hard, but in the end the Discovery Sport came in as the winner.

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Jaguar Land Rover Partners with CloudCar

Jaguar Land Rover is committed to developing their vehicles with the latest technology and continuing to strive for excellence in the future. Recently, Jaguar Land Rover and Ford have been testing vehicles that can “talk” to one another.

Jaguar Land Rover hopes that by creating cars that communicate with each other, accidents will be eliminated and drive time will be cut down.

Vehicles that can “talk” to one another will be able to tell other cars their braking status, steering-wheel position, speed, which land they are in, and other data. Vehicles will be so in tune that you will not need to worry about accidents.

Over the next few years, Jaguar Land Rover plans to manufacture more than 100 vehicles to be used as research to further the technology needed for communicating cars.

One of the ways Jaguar Land Rover is moving forward with this project is by partnering with CloudCar. CloudCar is a developer of connected driver experiences, based in Palo Alto, California. The cloud services platform allows car manufacturers to use its capability by using machine-learning capabilities tied to various sensors in the car.

“This represents an important step in developing connected car technology,” Hanno Kirner, Executive Director of Corporate Strategy, Jaguar Land Rover, said. “CloudCar has been working with premium manufacturers on some of the most exciting opportunities and challenges in the fields of machine learning and infotainment. This investment is integral to Jaguar Land Rover’s vehicle technology program: but the program also presents an invaluable opportunity for other automotive manufacturers to get involved. The eventual need to integrate into the car hundreds of driver-focused global cloud services and content means this platform is an excellent example were cooperation between OEMs can improve outcomes for customers, as well as reducing costs.”

Jaguar Land Rover is planning to include the next-generation CloudCar platform in the Jaguar I-PACE, its first fully electric model.