It's possible thanks to new app.
The hotly-anticipated, fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery will feature a raft of clever new technology, among which is an Intelligent Seat Fold system that allows the rear two rows of seats to be reconfigured remotely.
Essentially, the second and third rows of seats are full of electric motors that slide them backwards and forwards, and fold them down into the floor. They can be operated from buttons in the trunk and on the C-pillar, from the dashboard touchscreen, or via in the InControl Remote app.
That app control means the seats can be moved about from anywhere on the planet. Or, indeed, above it. Adventurer and Land Rover enthusiast Bear Grylls put the system to the test by raising the seats in a prototype Discovery while skydiving.
It worked, too, the icons being big enough to press while wearing gloves. And once Bear and the six members of the Royal Navy Parachute Display Team he jumped with were on the ground, the Discovery swallowed them and their stuff easily.
Bear said: “For the remote function to work while we are freefalling from a plane is pretty cool! I’m not sure many people will be using it in such a manner but the technology to operate the car remotely in this way will undoubtedly be a real winner for busy families who want to be prepared.”
The Discovery’s Chief Engineer, Alex Heslop, said: “This unique feature sets the new Discovery apart from any other vehicle. The fact that owners can change the seating while doing things like queuing with their shopping is a true milestone in convenience delivered through technological innovation.”
More importantly, you could have endless fun messing with people who don’t know the car. The look of sheer bafflement on their face when they open a door to see the seat they got out of has somehow disappeared would be absolutely priceless.
The new Discovery makes its debut later this month.