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    WILL HALLOWAY
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    • Our patented Wade Sensing system provides real-time information on your surroundings to help you tackle shallow water crossings with ease.

      Wade Sensing takes the stress out of water crossings like fords and can be invaluable for navigating roads which have been flooded. It gives you a real-time display of the water level around the vehicle and warns you if the water is nearing the vehicle’s maximum wading depth.

      Exceptional wading capabilities are achieved in every Land Rover vehicle, and our patented Wade Sensing system helps you confidently and safely tackle water crossings (maximum depth between 500mm and 900mm, depending on vehicle/model).

      WADE SENSING IN ACTION

      WHAT IS IT?

      Wade Sensing is a driver information system we developed to help drivers exploit our vehicles’ wading capabilities. The system, which monitors the depth of water your car is wading through, and warns you if the water is getting too deep, was introduced on the 2014 model year Range Rover.

      WHAT DOES IT DO?

      Ultrasonic sensors are fitted in the exterior mirrors, facing downwards. When the vehicle wades through water, the sensors measure the distance from the mirror to the water surface. The Wade Sensing control unit then calculates the depth of the water, taking into account any forward or backward tilt of the vehicle, and using some clever processing to ensure the data is accurate. The water depth is shown on the touch screen on the dashboard, along with an indication of the vehicle’s maximum wading capability so the driver can see at a glance how close the level is to the maximum. If the water level gets too deep, the system attracts the driver’s attention with messages on the touch screen and on the instrument panel in front of the driver, plus an audible warning signal.

      WHEN WILL YOU USE IT MOST?

      Wade Sensing takes the guesswork out of crossing water. It’s particularly useful when conditions make it hard to tell the water depth – for instance if it’s dark, or if the water is muddy.

      It shouldn’t be used in extreme off-road driving, when the water depth might change too suddenly for the system to warn the driver in time.

      HOW DO YOU ACTIVATE IT?

      Make sure your mirrors are in the normal position and free of water, ice, or mud, and lower your speed to below 6mph (10mph on Range Rover Sport). On the touch screen’s 4x4i or Extra Features display, tap the Wade Sensing icon and the screen will change to a picture of the vehicle, showing the maximum wading depth and the current water level. The display will be greyed out if the vehicle speed is too fast, but automatically switches on when the speed drops back to 6mph. If the speed remains above 19mph for more than 30 seconds, Wade Sensing automatically switches off.

      WHICH MODELS HAVE IT?

      Wade Sensing is available on the Discovery, Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover and New Range Rover Evoque Convertible. To find out the maximum wading depth of your vehicle, please consult your model handbook or an online brochure.

      ARE THERE OTHER FEATURES WHICH HELP WADING?

      On the Discovery, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover with height-adjustable air suspension, the off-road height setting gives the greatest wading depth. All our vehicles have design features like high-mounted engine air intakes to improve their wading capabilities.

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    WILL HALLOWAY
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    6 JULY 2015

Jaguar Land Rover Limited: Registered office: Abbey Road, Whitley, Coventry CV3 4LF. Registered in England No: 1672070

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