Land Rover has teamed up with tracking-app company Tile to incorporate the world-first feature into its entry-level SUV.
Tile’s Bluetooth tracking tags simply need to be attached to essential items such as house keys or wallets so their whereabouts can be monitored by the vehicle’s touchscreen.
The company’s Apple- and Android-compatible smartphone app works in conjunction with the Land Rover Discovery Sport’s new InControl Touch Pro multimedia system to alert any forgetful owners to items not detected in the car.
If the items go missing, the tags emit an audible alert if they are somewhere in the vehicle, or the Touch Pro system will provide directions to the last-known location.
About two in three people spend an average of 15 minutes a day finding lost items, according to a study quoted by Land Rover.
The new availability of the InControl Touch Pro system continues Jaguar-Land Rover’s gradual roll-out of its more advanced infotainment system that brings a larger, higher-resolution touchscreen (10.2 inches versus the 8.0-inch standard touchscreen) and more tablet-style swipe functionality.
New safety technology includes a Driver Condition Monitor that watches for drowsiness, an Intelligent Speed Limiter that will offer to adjust to changing signposted limits detected by the vehicle’s cameras, and a Lane Keep Assist system that will counter-steer the vehicle gently back into the current lane if the vehicle starts to veer into another lane without indication.
Four new exterior paints have been added to the Discovery Sport’s colour selection, while Land Rover is also offering Black Limited Edition and Graphite Pack variants.
The Black edition features include privacy glass and black exterior trim elements. The Graphite Pack includes new wheel colour choices, grey roof, and the grille, bonnet script and side vents are finished in a colour called Dark Atlas.
Land Rover Australia said it expected all the new features of the MY17 Land Rover Discovery Sport to be available when the updated SUV is released locally in September.