terrain sensing

terrain sensing

[tə′rān ‚sens·iŋ]
(engineering)
The gathering and recording of information about terrain surfaces without actual contact with the object or area being investigated; in particular, the use of photography, radar, and infrared sensing in airplanes and artificial satellites.
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Our top-of-the-range trim Autobiography Dynamic comes with an enhanced Terrain Response 2 system, which makes exploring in the rough stuff a doddle thanks to automatic terrain sensing, which auto-engages the correct mode when it detects a change in the surface being crossed.
A six-sensor digital auto-contour terrain sensing system maintains a safe and consistent cutting height in all ground conditions.