[Video] Bear Grylls tests new land Rover Discovery tech… while skydiving image

Well he does it because he’s a Land Rover ambassador and a general adrenaline junkie – and well, to tease once more the new generation Discovery ahead of the actual premiere during the Paris Motor Show.

And yes, the very much eagerly anticipated fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery will have a new connected gizmo that among other clever technologies will allow through the Intelligent Seat Fold system the reshaping of the rear two rows of seats remotely through an application. This is because the second and third row are electrically actuated and can be slid back and forth as well as folded – buttons are located in the trunk and on the C-pillar, but they’re also accessible through the dashboard touchscreen, or via the InControl Remote app. And having that link means they can be moved virtually from anywhere – well known adventurer Bear Grylls tested the system while casually skydiving.

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The icons are large enough to be triggered while wearing gloves, with Bear fooling around in the sky accompanied by the Royal Navy Parachute Display Team – and the Discovery prototype then took all of them and their gear. “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,” said the survival expert.