Auto News for Sept. 8 Adjust Your Seats While Skydiving?

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Land Rover claims its Intelligent Seat Fold technology allows Discovery owners to configure their seating through a remote app on their smartphone from anywhere in the world. So a sky diver jumped from a plane with the Royal Navy Parachute Display team in Britain, and found he was able to change the seating layout while free falling at 125 mph and before he had to deploy his parachute. Adventurer Bear Grylls admitted that he was “not sure many people” will use the technology this way but said it should be a “real winner for busy families” whether or not they sky dive.

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It is being called the first four-door Bentley to achieve a top speed in excess of 200 mph. The new Flying Spur W12 S sports a 0-60 in just 4.2 seconds according to the builder en route to a top speed of 202. Making all this happen is a 6.0-liter twin turbocharged 12 cylinder engine producing 626 horsepower and a mind boggling 605 lb-ft of torque. Of course, there are all the expected luxury touches of a Bentley, along with a retuned suspension that beefs up the handling without spilling the wine being enjoyed by rear seat passengers. In short said Bentley, “This is a powerful sedan that the most discerning drivers will appreciate – and every passenger will adore.”

The global autonomous cars market is expected to reach 138,089 units by 2024, according to a new study by Grand View Research. It is a research and consulting company based in San Francisco. It said the growing acceptance of semi-autonomous technologies, such as Adaptive Cruise Control, automatic parking, and forward collision avoidance, is anticipated to pave the way for the adoption of driverless automobiles over the next seven years. An upsurge in the demand for increased comfort and convenience, particularly in countries with an aging population, is expected to propel the driverless vehicles demand over the forecast period, Grand View said. However, it cautioned that the “high price of driverless vehicles may act as a hindrance” for market growth.

Jay Leno goes drag racing in a Toyota Camry against an opponent in a classic car. Do check out the video at:

http://www.motortrend.com/auto-news/

 

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