Land Rover at The Boat & Caravan Show

Land Rover at The Boat & Caravan Show  
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Motor Shows, News
on 02/25/2010

Source: Land Rover UK

Land Rover will be showing its exciting new range of vehicles, including the award winning Discovery 4 and the latest in towing technology at The Boat and Caravan Show held at the NEC, Birmingham from 23 to 28 February.

Towing a trailer, caravan or horse box has now become safer and simpler thanks to the latest towing innovations from Land Rover.

Trailairby Land Rover, which can be fitted to existing as well as new vehicles, is a unique system that monitors tyre pressures and aids hitching. The technology works through tyre pressure monitoring valves which can be fitted to both the vehicle and trailer tyres. The valve pressures and temperature readings are displayed through a screen which is incorporated into a newly-fitted rear view mirror. The smart technology then triggers an alarm should the valves detect any decrease in pressure or increase in temperature.

According to a detailed study made by United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)in 2008, a 0.6 bar tyre under inflation can increase fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 6% and reduce tyre life by 40%. In addition, tyre under inflation has significant adverse effects on vehicle stability and braking distance.

The system also offers the driver an easier way of hitching by mounting a rear camera to the vehicle. This enables the driver to manoeuvre the vehicle more accurately by offering a view of the hitching equipment and trailer tow ball.

Available from August 2010, the Land Rover Trailair system will cost in the region of £650 excluding fitting. Demonstrations will be held on the Land Rover stand No. 5000 in Hall 5 at The Boat and Caravan Show.

Visitors to the Land Rover stand will also be able to see the latest 2010 model year range of vehicles including the Range Rover, Freelander 2, Defender and Range Rover Sport and will be able to see a live demonstration of Land Rover's patented 'Tow Assist' technology featured on the multi-award winning Discovery 4.

The Tow Assist function helps perform accurate towing manoeuvres. The wide field of views on the Discovery 4's side cameras give a clear view of the reversing trailer: the images are electronically manipulated to provide an undistorted view, with guide lines overlaid on the rear camera image to illustrate both the vehicle and trailer’s trajectory. Specific characteristics such as type of trailer, number of axles and width guides can be fed into the system to enhance the system outputs.

The Discovery 4 also features another clever towing aid: 'Trailer Stability Assist'. This technology detects trailer oscillations by monitoring key vehicle behaviours such as uninvited steering movements and slight vehicle swing in response to trailer behaviour. In these circumstances, the system can initiate engine torque reduction and braking interventions to bring the towing back under control.

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