2011 Model Year

Next Range Rover Virtual Gauges better look like this #rangerover

As I’ve complained about many times before, the 12” TFT virtual gauge cluster that appeared with the 2010 Range Rover refresh, had better of been a beta test.  I believe it was a test of the technology that provided us a taste of what may come in the future.  In reality it provided nothing more then something to impress people with, the first time they see it, they can’t believe it.  Then when they hear it actually doesn’t do anything more then that, they all say the same thing – gimmick!

So today I read and watched about the new system Cadillac has coming and it just blew me away.

 

And here’s my hope, what we are seeing right now in our 2010 – 2012 Range Rovers is just a proof of concept and when generation two appears in the next Range Rover, it had better be a leap beyond what we’re seeing from Cadillac, since they’re just starting with the technology, right?

But don’t worry, I’m not holding my breath.

Interesting one-off Range Rover Spirito DiVino by Anzom #rangerover

This is from a few months back but still interesting – can’t say I love every design decision made for this but those floor mats really look cool.

http://www.topspeed.com/cars/landrover/2011-range-rover-spirito-divino-by-anzom-ar108161.html

2011.5 Model Year Range Rover gets new leather headliner options #rangerover

This is interesting, well interesting to me at least…

Not sure how new this is to the UK Range Rover site, but while I was checking it, as I do from time to time, there was a new item listed – “Headlining”.  In the US, the only leather headliner option is for the Range Rover Autobiography package and with that I believe there are really only two colors.

For the UK listing it appears to be available across the entire range, from the lowly Vogue to the range topping Autobiography

Vogue:

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Autobiography:

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Price List:

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Range Rover Welcome Pack uses an interesting but scary USB trick. #rangerover

As they normally do, Land Rover sends the personalized Roadside Assistance card shortly after taking delivery of a vehicle.  This time it arrived in a sliding package with an interesting addition.DSC_2327

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On the right is the standard Roadside Assistance card, actually the back of the card. 

On the left is the new addition (or new for me at least).

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Offering to allow me to create a photo mosaic, I figured it was either a program on the USB key or just a bunch of pictures – similar to how they’ve been doing their press packs lately.  So I plugged it in and saw an unexpected sequence – running Windows 7, I saw the Run box appear, text was entered automatically (http://vcgw.net/****/*******, I substituted the asterisks) and then my browser appeared on the web page listed on that card.  What I found odd was that there was no prompt, no autorun box(which is actually blocked) – just a Run dialog, text entered and a browser window.  So I dug a little deeper into Device Manger:

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And there it was under HIDs – USB Input Device.  I hadn’t seen one of these before but it’s a very interesting idea – it pretends it’s a keyboard and just enters in the commands directly as if they were being typed.  And while being neat, this could also be very, very dangerous – it’s like letting someone sit right at your keyboard.  And yes, I did have to plug it in but what if someone was able to hack that intermediate address that the USB device plugs in and instead of it redirecting to www.landroverusa.com/welcomerr it automatically brought up something much more malicious?  The actual companies being marketed have to trust that the vcgw.net domain stays legit because if they go out of business and someone plugs this into their computer, who know where it would take them and without any prompting.

Upon further searching, it looks like American Express & others have used the same device for their marketing as well – all with the vcgw.net redirection service.

Again, neat idea but maybe a little over done.

Land Rover video shows Range Rover LCD IP doing more then it currently does. #rangerover

When I did my first rant on the TFT-LCD Instrument Panel on the 2010+ Range Rover a few weeks back, my major complaint was the lack of additional functionality that we could get if they’d add in music and/or nav info in that center between the “gauges” area.  While checking out other videos from yesterday’s post on the Jaguar Land Rover Careers YouTube Channel, I found this Range Rover – Go Beyond video:

 

And right about 20 seconds in, we see this:

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Right there, between the gauges, in the normally completely blank area on my North American spec 2011 Range Rover – we see audio system info.

So I ask, Land Rover, Please!  Or at least, Why?