The app requires the driver to be nearby, but allows them to walk around and alongside the car to better guide it.
Jaguar Land Rover is testing a sport utility vehicle using a smartphone application to drive through streams and over rocky patches in a potential contribution to auto technology that doesn't require someone to be at the wheel.
The Range Rover Sport steers, accelerates, brakes and makes U-turns with the driver walking alongside the SUV to help it negotiate rocky or steep terrain. Away from the backwoods, drivers can use the app to steer the vehicle into and out of tight parking spots, the England-based carmaker said on Tuesday.
"Getting a car out of a tricky parking manoeuvre can be a stressful experience for any driver," Wolfgang Epple, Jaguar Land Rover's director of research and technology, said in a statement. Features provided by the app demonstrate "how we could use these new technologies to reduce the tedious parts of driving and improve road safety."