British brand Land Rover has revealed a long-term global partnership with Richard Branson’s commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic.
The partnership was announced against the backdrop of SpaceShipTwo, claimed to be the world’s first commercial passenger carrying spacecraft, together with Land Rover’s new Discovery Vision Concept vehicle.
The partnership will see Land Rover vehicles become part of daily life for the Virgin Galactic team and for all ‘Future Astronauts’. The space experience will now begin with Land Rover as they arrive in New Mexico for training, and continue to the moment they drive from the space terminal building to the waiting spaceship.
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“We couldn’t be more delighted to have Land Rover join us on our incredible journey,” said Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic.
Land Rover will base a fleet of vehicles at the Virgin Galactic test centre in the Mojave Desert, California and at its operational New Mexico base, Spaceport America.
Building on Land Rover’s all-terrain capability, the Discovery Vision Concept represents the ultimate SUV of the future, according to the company.
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The vehicle uses augmented reality technology to display a ‘see-through’ view of the terrain ahead, making the front of the car ‘virtually’ invisible from inside the cabin.
Gesture Control allows you to open the doors, operate the indicators or turn on the headlamps simply by moving your hand, while Laser Referencing projects visible markings, symbols and imagery onto the ground to aid low speed or tricky manoeuvres.
The Discovery Vision Concept will be on display at the New York Auto Show, which opens on Wednesday, 16th April.