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CES 2018: JAGUAR LAND ROVER’S INNOVATIVE CONNECTED TECH

All the CES tech announcements from JLR – most of it hyperbole and pointless but some interesting bits.  Notes on top, official PR below that.

Qualcomm

It’s not totally clear but are they switching away from the current Intel Atom to the Snapdragon or is the Snapdragon used for other functionality?

Gentex

Their work with Gentex sounds interesting but if the HomeLink Connect app is just another InControl app and not actually integrated into the head unit then I really don’t care.  The "Full Display Mirror, set to feature in upcoming Jaguar Land Rover vehicles" does look cool.  You can read about it on the new Cadillac CT6 here.

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Panasonic

"Panasonic is showcasing Jaguar Land Rover’s Touch Pro Duo system. This intelligent technology performs as a digital butler" They love making this butler comparison, but I’d seriously fire my butler if they kept unplugging my iPod from my car and completely ignored me when I asked if they could start it.  Maybe firing is too harsh – the butler was clearly sent out into the field before they were fully trained.  You’d think they’d send them to the best schools.

Mycroft AI

Their own "open source digital assistant" – they can never just go with the industry…

 

Official PR:

As the automotive industry moves towards 5G, Jaguar Land Rover vehicles are taking steps towards ultra-fast connectivity with an announcement at CES 2018, in Las Vegas, the world’s largest consumer electronics show.

  • Jaguar Land Rover is developing the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technology of the future
  • Vehicles to benefit from ultra-fast connectivity with Qualcomm Technologies
  • Jaguar’s first electric car, the I-PACE, will connect drivers to their homes with new HomeLink Connect app developed in conjunction with Gentex

Whitley, Coventry UK, 8 January 2018: As the automotive industry moves towards 5G,  Jaguar Land Rover vehicles are taking steps towards ultra-fast connectivity with an announcement at CES  2018, in Las Vegas, the world’s largest consumer electronics show.

Every future Jaguar or Land Rover is set to benefit from the highly advanced QualcommⓇ Snapdragon 820Am Automotive platform. With this, Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will feature ultra-quick and efficient connectivity, limitless in-car entertainment and over-the-air downloads. Customers will also benefit from immersive in-vehicle experiences with stunning displays and graphics throughout. This new platform has been designed to increase vehicle intelligence and awareness to aid road safety.

CES offers a glimpse of Jaguar Land Rover’s high-tech future, showcasing technologies that will enhance our customers’ experiences. This new exciting relationship with Qualcomm Technologies is a great example. The new Snapdragon 820Am Automotive platform will play an integral role in bringing breakthrough 5G technology to future cars, improving connectivity, safety and personalisation.

Nick Rogers Executive Director, Product Engineering for Jaguar Land Rove (sic)

 

Qualcomm Technologies is one of many partners showcasing Jaguar Land Rover-related tech innovations at CES 2018, demonstrating readiness for next-generation Connected and Autonomous (CAV) technologies.

Gentex

Jaguar Land Rover is working with Gentex to incorporate the HomeLink Connect system into its InControl apps so drivers will be able to control home devices from their vehicle’s infotainment screen. The technology allows the new Jaguar I-PACE, the brand’s first electric car, to be even more connected to a customers’ world, allowing them to adjust heating systems, turn on home lighting, unlock the front door and more, all from the driver’s seat and without picking up their phone.

Gentex is also showcasing the new Full Display Mirror, set to feature in upcoming Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. The system captures video from a rear-facing camera and streams the feed to the LCD-integrated mirror, giving drivers an unobstructed, panoramic view behind the vehicle.

Panasonic

Panasonic is showcasing Jaguar Land Rover’s Touch Pro Duo system. This intelligent technology performs as a digital butler and is available in the new Range Rover Velar, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. The screen technology developed by Panasonic complements the intuitive user interface created by Jaguar Land Rover.

CloudCar

Jaguar Land Rover entered into a strategic partnership with CloudCar a year ago. Since then, CloudCar has made progress in developing the next generation of their innovative cloud-based infotainment solution which will be demonstrated at CES in the latest Range Rover Velar. The futuristic infotainment system uses machine learning and natural language understanding to generate a completely customised experience for the driver.

LISNR

Jaguar Land Rover is committed to the safety of road users and has a range of strategic partners specialising in data security. LISNR, one of Jaguar Land Rover’s start-up portfolio companies, will be at CES demonstrating their data-over-audio solution that accomplishes short-range, secure wireless data transmission across all connected devices. Their use of sound, as the conduit for data transfer, removes any need for traditional connectivity or device pairing. LISNR can be used in offline environments for a variety of functions such as remote app pairing, user authentication, and keyless access.

Quanergy

Quanergy, providers of LiDAR and other sensors to Jaguar Land Rover, will be at CES showcasing 3D Aware Smart Sensing technology. This advanced connectivity is shaping self-driving technology, which will allow Jaguar Land Rover vehicles to learn to respond in an instinctive human-like way.

Mycroft AI

Mycroft AI, another Jaguar Land Rover start-up portfolio company, will be showcasing the world’s first open source digital assistant. The smart software allows companies to deploy intelligent personal assistants anywhere.

The Range Rover Velar, cool…

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All the same stuff will be written everywhere, and for consistency the full PR details will be at the bottom of the post.

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Here’s what I found more interesting…

InControl Touch Pro has something new going on and the brightly lit controls below it also seem new and remind me of the touch controls in the new Panamera

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Then there’s the door handles, have they gone Tesla and Aston Martin and made them flush with the body?

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The gauges get a new more colorful middle display – maybe album art?  Steering wheel also gets new glossy controls.

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INTRODUCING RANGE ROVER VELAR

· A new addition to the Range Rover family, filling the white space between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport

· Land Rover reaffirms its position as the world’s leading SUV brand

· From a bloodline like no other, Velar name is derived from the original Range Rover prototypes of 1969

· World premiere on 1 March 2017

Whitley, UK, 22 February 2017 – The luxury SUV was created in 1970 when Land Rover launched the original Range Rover. Almost half a century later that spirit of innovation continues with the introduction of the fourth member of the Range Rover family, to be unveiled on 1 March 2017.

Elegant simplicity, a visually reductive approach and pioneering consumer technology are the hallmarks of the new Range Rover Velar.

Land Rover Chief Design Officer, Gerry McGovern, said: “We call the Velar the avant garde Range Rover. It brings a new dimension of glamour, modernity and elegance to the brand. The Range Rover Velar changes everything.”

Refined for every occasion, for every terrain, Velar uses unique sustainable materials and advanced engineering to continue Land Rover’s drive to go Above and Beyond.

The origin of the Velar name (pronounced vel-ar) dates back to the first Range Rover prototypes of the Sixties: the pioneers of the luxury SUV landscape.

When development engineers needed to hide the true identity of the 26 pre-production Range Rovers, they chose the name Velar, derived from the Latin velare meaning to veil or cover.

Full details of the Range Rover Velar will be announced on 1 March 2017.

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The new Land Rover Discovery

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  • The new Land Rover Discovery is a full-sized, three-row, seven-seat SUV with unbeatable capability and versatility
  • It embodies Land Rover’s drive to go Above and Beyond, combining British desirability with an unstoppable spirit of adventure
  • New Land Rover Discovery on sale from Spring 2017 priced from £43,495 (OTR)

The Seven Wonders of Discovery:

Seven principles describe the essence of Discovery and have guided its creation:

1. The Magnificent Seven: every seat is the best seat in the house

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  • Flexible interior provides seven full-sized adult seats, instantly configurable from your smartphone using the world-first remote Intelligent Seat Fold technology

2. A much loved member of the family: keeping you safe for the last 26 years

  • Semi-autonomous safety technology provides the family peace of mind
  • Premium interior combines leading design with durable, high-quality materials and space for the whole family

3. King of the hill: unstoppable on all surfaces, all terrains and in all weathers

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  • Land Rover’s full-sized SUV architecture delivers world-beating all-terrain capability
  • Lightweight aluminium construction saves 480kg, delivering enhanced efficiency and CO2 emissions from 171g/km
  • Super clean Ingenium family grows with adoption of 240PS, four-cylinder diesel engine with 500Nm of torque
  • Towing king: best-in-class 3,500kg towing capacity and semi-autonomous Advanced Tow Assist take the stress out of difficult reversing manoeuvres

4. British creativity: designed with charm & sophistication loved by the world

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  • Design retains key Discovery family cues, adding optimised proportions and sophisticated surfaces

5. Storage addiction: discover the space for everything

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  • Up to 2,406 litres of luggage space with seven seats as standard in the UK and clever storage for 21st century family essentials

6. Connects every generation: Ingenious features that make life easier

  • Digital Discovery equipped with up to nine USB ports, four 12-volt charging points and an in-car 3G WiFi hotspot for up to eight devices

7. After the roads end: reaching threatened habitats and vulnerable people

  • New Discovery will continue Land Rover’s work in humanitarian aid and conservation projects around the world

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2017 Range Rover Sport gets feature parity with Range Rover, InControl Touch Pro and New Driver Assistance Features

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  • New driver assistance technologies introduced to Range Rover Sport including Advanced Tow Assist, Blind Spot Assist and Intelligent Speed Limiter
  • Low Traction Launch technology enhances all-terrain capability
  • Land Rover InControl® Touch Pro™ now standard across the Range Rover Sport line-up features a larger 10.2-inch touchscreen
  • New exterior Design Pack enhancements and broader choice of colors introduced
  • On sale from late 2016, with pricing starting from $65,650
  • UK model gets new four-cylinder diesel engine in the form of the 2.0-litre 240PS/500Nm/45.6mpg  SD4 Ingenium.
  • 2017 Range Rover Sport UK Brochure in PDF

(MAHWAH, NJ) – August 16, 2016 – The status of the Range Rover Sport as a top-tier luxury performance SUV has been strengthened with a range of enhancements for 2017 model year. The latest model features the introduction of innovative new driver assistance technologies and greater scope for bespoke personalization.

Introduced in 2013, the Range Rover Sport is a genuine Land Rover success story, delivering all the refinement and capability expected from a large SUV with the engaging experience of a performance vehicle. Underlining this is the Range Rover Sport SVR which sits at the top of the Range Rover Sport line-up and takes on-road performance to new heights with a potent 550HP Supercharged V8 engine, achieving 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds.

For 2017, Land Rover has introduced a series of new advanced driver assistance technologies to Range Rover Sport including Blind Spot Assist, Intelligent Speed Limiter and Advanced Tow Assist, which assists the driver when maneuvering an attached trailer.

All-terrain capability remains a cornerstone of the Range Rover family and the 2017 model year Range Rover Sport includes a selection of new features to enhance both the on-road and off-road driving experience. Low Traction Launch makes it easier for drivers to pull away on low-grip surfaces while the updated 4x4i menu presents key vehicle information when tackling challenging terrain.

Powered by the Land Rover InControl® Touch Pro™ system, the enlarged touchscreen features a new 10.2-inch display for greater ease-of-use and clarity and features tablet-style pinch and zoom functions.

All-new towing technology

Advanced Tow Assist technology is the latest advanced driver assistance feature to be introduced by Land Rover. This feature is a key addition in ensuring that the 2017 model year Range Rover Sport stays ahead of its rivals and assists the driver with the potentially difficult task of reversing while towing a trailer.

Images from a rear-facing camera are relayed to the central touchscreen, allowing the driver to indicate the desired direction of the trailer using the Terrain Response® 2 rotary controller. The vehicle will then steer the trailer into place while the driver operates the accelerator and brake pedals.

As well as making it easier to maneuver a trailer, the system will alert the driver if a jack-knife situation is imminent, while the driver can monitor their immediate surroundings for potential hazards using the vehicle’s Surround Cameras.

Specialist all-terrain technology

All-terrain capability is a Range Rover trademark and 2017 model year Range Rover Sport takes breadth of capability to new levels in the performance SUV class with the introduction of two advanced technologies.

Low Traction Launch is designed to assist the driver when pulling away from a standstill on low grip surfaces, such as mud, wet grass or ice(2). The technology can be selected manually using the central touchscreen menu. Alternatively the vehicle will automatically prompt the driver to select Low Traction Launch whenever the Grass/Gravel/Snow mode is selected using the Terrain Response 2 controller.

Once active, the system controls the amount of torque the driver is able to apply when pressing the accelerator mitigating the likelihood of experiencing a loss of traction. Active at speeds below 19mph (30km/h) the system can also be used to negotiate slippery surfaces or inclines once the vehicle is moving.

An enhanced All-Terrain Info Center is also part of the improvements for 2017 model year. Accessible via the central touchscreen it displays useful information when driving off-road, such as vehicle geometry, slope assist engagement and wheel information(3). This display also now includes Drive Assist, which uses the vehicle’s surround cameras to help with low-speed maneuvers when off-road.

Enhanced connectivity

One of the most significant changes to the 2017 Range Rover Sport is the introduction of InControl Touch Pro™ which features a larger central touchscreen display. As a result, the infotainment system features smoother controls and a wider range of connectivity options and apps than ever before(3).

The larger screen measures 10.2-inches, a significant increase over the previous eight-inch design. The increased dimensions have allowed the Land Rover interior design team to remove the hard keys previously required, resulting in a cleaner dashboard with no compromise to functionality.

One of the key aspects of InControl Touch Pro™ is the ability to pinch and zoom when navigating maps, or swipe through menu screens as you would on a smartphone or tablet. Functions now require fewer actions, improving ease of use.

The introduction of the latest infotainment system delivers bespoke apps for functions such as music playback, contacts and calendars that are mirrored on the central touchscreen when the driver’s smartphone is connected to the vehicle.

In addition, InControl Remote allows drivers to control a number of vehicle functions remotely using the dedicated smartphone app. Owners can check data such as the mileage or fuel level, lock and unlock the vehicle, adjust the climate control settings and remote start the vehicle.

There have also been significant upgrades for the fully integrated satellite navigation system(3). Commute Mode is an intuitive new function that learns regular journeys so customers don’t have to set a destination manually. It recognizes frequent trips, for example the drive to work, and automatically redirects drivers if the regular route is congested. Door-to-door routing allows the customer to set a route using the Land Rover app and transfer it to the vehicle. Once the vehicle is parked, final directions to the destination can be viewed on a smartphone so customers can complete their journey on foot.

Simplified option selection

The 2017 Range Rover Sport has a simplified selection of advanced driver assistance packs. All derivatives have a comprehensive suite of technologies as standard equipment including Rear Park Distance Control, Cruise Control, Speed Limiter and Lane Departure Warning. For 2017, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) joins that list. The system monitors the road ahead of the vehicle through its forward facing stereo camera and will warn the driver of any potential collision risks. If the driver fails to respond to the warning, the AEB system is designed to apply emergency braking to help mitigate damage depending on the speed in which the vehicle is traveling.

The optional Drive Pack contains all the standard features in addition to Blind Spot Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition and Reverse Traffic Detection, while Intelligent Speed Limiter is a new feature for 2017. Intelligent Speed Limiter uses Traffic Sign Recognition to read speed limit signs and is designed to automatically adjust the vehicle’s speed accordingly. Once the driver has accepted the on-screen prompts they will be unable to exceed this limit unless they cancel the command.

Driver Condition Monitor is another new addition. It analyses steering inputs and takes into account factors such as the time of day and journey time to warn the driver if signs of fatigue are detected.

The Drive Pro Pack includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist and Intelligent Emergency Braking and adds Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keep Assist for 2017. Blind Spot Assist monitors for vehicles approaching from behind or those in the vehicle’s blind spot. If the driver begins to change lanes in circumstances that could pose a risk of a collision, the vehicle is designed to automatically apply gentle steering input to guide the vehicle back into its lane. Lane Keep Assist provides gentle corrective steering inputs if the driver veers out of their lane without indicating.

Exterior enhancements

A number of updates have also been made to select Range Rover Sport design options for the 2017 model year.

Customers are able to choose from an even wider choice of colors, heightening the level of personalization and luxury design of their vehicle thanks to an increased Special Vehicle Operations color palette. Buyers can pick from 19 new colors ranging from contemporary pearlescent whites to sophisticated greys, as well as luxurious high-gloss and satin finishes.

Best-Selling Freelander 1 Becomes Latest Land Rover Heritage Vehicle

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  • Hugely popular Freelander 1 becomes newest Land Rover Heritage vehicle
  • Over 9,000 individual part numbers available for best-selling compact 4WD
  • Rapidly became Europe’s best-selling 4WD vehicle for five consecutive years after launch in 1997
  • Land Rover Heritage specialises in cars, services, parts and experiences

Whitley, Coventry – 4 January, 2016: Produced between 1997 and 2006, the Land Rover Freelander 1 remains one of the brand’s best-selling models and is now officially a Land Rover Heritage vehicle. Land Rover Heritage specialises in cars, services, parts and experiences for classic Land Rover models and the Freelander 1 becomes the brand’s eighth Heritage model. The others are Series I, II and III, Range Rover Classic and P38 Range Rover plus Discovery 1 and 2.

A Heritage model is defined as those products that have been out of production for longer than 10 years and the Freelander 1 was first produced in 1997 and its production run ended nine years later in 2006 when Freelander 2 replaced it. Ever since production of Freelander 1 concluded, Land Rover continued to support owners through the supply of spare parts for this model line. Now, owners will be supported by the brand’s Heritage experts and ensure loyal owners continue to enjoy their vehicle for many years to come.

Over 9,000 individual Land Rover Heritage Part numbers are available for the Freelander 1 and it adds to the brand’s comprehensive parts catalogue, which already features over 33,000 items for both Jaguar and Land Rover Heritage vehicles.

Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Heritage, said: "With the addition of the Freelander 1 as a Heritage model, Land Rover is reaffirming its support and commitment to its loyal customers by providing exceptional cars, services, parts and experiences for models more than 10 years out of production. Genuine Land Rover Heritage Parts for Freelander 1 have been engineered and tested in extreme conditions. As such it gives our customers total peace-of-mind that their vehicles are maintained to the highest possible standards."

When it was launched, the Freelander broke the mould by pioneering the compact premium 4×4 class and at the time had 16 patented features including Hill Descent Control (HDC), Immediate Reduction Drive (IDR), a viscous-coupling (VCU) and an innovative ABS system designed specifically for off-road situations.

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