The new Land Rover Discovery Sport promises a journey to remember – literally

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  • Friday, 29 Apr 2016

That's because Land Rover has just become the world's first carmaker to integrate Tile – the Bluetooth tag and tracking system – into its vehicles and smartphone apps. 

Starting with the new Discovery Sport, drivers will be able to hit the road safe in the knowledge that they haven't left anything behind and can potentially start the day sooner as they won't be wasting time looking down the back of the sofa for keys or under piles of Lego in the kids' bedroom for school books.  

Peter Virk, Jaguar Land Rover's Director of Connected Technologies & Apps, said: "Losing your wallet or leaving your child's sports kit behind isn't just an inconvenience. The realisation you've mislaid something important can be a cause of distraction. 

"Our unique partnership with Tile means customers can check the status of tagged items using Discovery Sport's touchscreen, so forgotten items will be a thing of the past." 

Tile started out as a Kickstarter project but has gone on to become a successful product. The tiles in question are squares that share their location via Bluetooth and are small enough to fit on everything from the back of a smartphone to a keychain. When fitted, owners can find any tagged item via an app or directly on the Discovery Sport's dashboard.

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The car will automatically check that the driver has not left anything behind. — Land Rover

As the number of tiles the app can track is limitless, Land Rover has added a feature so that owners can ‘tag' a list of everyday essential items that the Discovery Sport will automatically search for every day to make sure they're in the car. 

Tile's CEO, Mike Farley, said: "We believe this integration will provide many benefits such as improved assurance and peace of mind about the whereabouts of essential items, helping drivers save time before they embark on journeys." 

There are many similar devices already on the market, but what makes Tile so smart is that the individual tags belonging to different people build into a network. Each tile is capable of communicating with any tile app running on any device in proximity and that device can then share an object's location with its owner, no matter what the distance. So the more Tiles in use, the better and more accurate the network. 

"Having increased the number of Tiles in circulation from two million to over five million in the last six months alone, we are confident of the extensive advantages this will bring to Jaguar Land Rover customers globally," said Farley. — AFP Relaxnews

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