More comments on the new Jaguar Land Rover InControl systems


Still trying to get some solid visual examples of what we can expect once the new system does roll out, until then some of the research I’ve done has been interesting.

In the official PR, one of the first bullet points was:

  • System transfers the app interface from the phone to the in-car infotainment touchscreen, and is upgradeable as new apps become available

That got me thinking back to May 2011 when Jaguar announced their Connect and View technology which literally displayed the screen from a USB connected Blackberry device on the touchscreen of the Jaguar XJ demonstrator.  The thing that really got me interested back then was the use of VNC to handle the remote video.  It’s a program I used often at the time to do remote control of various computers.  Their choice of Blackberry was very Land Rover – just slightly off the mark, although this was way off.

Here’s Peter Virk talking about it to Engadget at the time:

He’s moved up the ranks of JLR since then and is now Head of Connected Technologies and Apps.  Here’s his Experience listing from LinkedIn:


Head of Connected Technologies and Apps.
Jaguar Land Rover

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; Automotive industry

July 2013Present (7 months) Warwickshire, UK

• Managing the innovation and delivery of Connected Infotainment and CE Apps programmes
• Defining the Strategic Direction for Medium and Long Term (2020+)
• Creation of Jaguar Land Rover’s App SDK’s
• Leading JLR’s strategy for HTML5 development
• Developing the core skills capability to deliver innovative experiences
• Driving Apps updates into the field based on a fast and flexible roadmap of feature delivery
• Developing links with University bodies and Overseas Tech Centre’s to enable innovation and market specific solutions
• Defining new Revenue and Business Models for App development
• Driving strategic partnership developments within the CE, App and Connectivity domian

Infotainment Technical Specialist – Apps, CE & Connected Infotainment
Jaguar Land Rover

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; Automotive industry

March 2012Present (1 year 11 months) Warwickshire, UK

Infotainment Technical Specialist – Group Leader
Responsible for Jaguar Land Rover’s current and future strategies on:
• Smartphone Infotainment Apps
• Embedded Connected Infotainment Apps
• Innovation and Technology Insight Specialties
• Recruited and created a new department ‘Connected Technologies’ within JLR for brought in mobile Apps and embedded Apps (HTML5) – driving a 5 year feature plan
• Transformation from the traditional feature driven approach to intelligent customer enabling experiences
• Management and recruitment of technical diverse teams
• Technical interface between JLR’s Infotainment and Connected Car organisation
• Lead JLR’s first SDK, mobile App development
Speaker at international conferences
• Connected In-Vehicle Infotainment Global Summit – Sept 2012 – Vehicle-Centric Apps
• IPQC conference – April 2011 – OEM Case Study: An OEM approach to smartphone connectivity
• Blackberry World – May 2011 – Press event, launch of JLR’s Connect and View technology


Lots of little bits there and lucky for us there are plenty of other JLR Infotainment people on LinkedIn as well – with more peaks of what’s to come.  One acronym that’s popping up all over is NGI or Next Generation of Infotainment.  I’m assuming that’s what we’re seeing with these latest InControl system or is it?

And a few more bullet points from another LinkedIn profile:

    • HTML5 Application Developer for Connected Infotainment Project for Jaguar Land Rover at JLR Product Creation Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire
    • Designing HTML5 Infotainment and mobile applications with CSS3 and Javascript
    • Responsive design and cross-platform application development
    • HTML5 Animation
    • Prototyping and deployment of HTML5 based applications

It’s an interesting way JLR is going for user interfaces.  Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Sorry if this post was all over the place, I just wanted to get a bunch of info posted for future reference.