Michael Williams

Do not unwrap until 2019

Can’t wait to see what December 27th brings…fromlandroverdonotunwrapuntil2019-resize-1024x1024

Oddly but very much in line with their process – the official media links for the above image swapped the high- and low- res images – or at least the resizes – ever so confusing…

Further the image itself was so low-res and I’m not sure if that’s actually on purpose or just another lack of attention to detail.

InControl Touch Pro 18D has arrived: Version S18D_18.47.5-269316 Release Notes

The latest release notes for InControl Touch Pro (Duo) 18D, enjoy.

https://topix.landrover.jlrext.com/topix/service/procedure/935967/ODYSSEY_SRN/G2342856/en_US?uid=G2349136

First new feature to catch my eye:

Configurable Steering wheel switches can now be used to Play/Pause Smartphone pack audio.

New features included in this release

Speech database update screen

Note:If the vehicle software level is at a lower level than 17C the vehicle’s speech database will need to be updated for the speech system to continue working. This will be done after the main software update has completed by running the separate ‘Update Speech Database’ application from IMC (IMC) ECU functions and following the on screen instructions.

Navigation update – Japanese vehicles only

Caution:Due to the need for a new license file to be installed on the vehicle before running this update, a TA (TA) must be raised to get a unique code to allow this. If this License file is not installed prior to this update then the vehicles maps will become corrupted and can only to recovered through TA.

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting brightness will now be remembered across ignition cycles.

Audio CD

Customers will now be informed when a CD has been ripped successfully.

Bluetooth® Audio

The Connected device’s name will now be displayed on the screen header.

Cameras

If the customer is playing a video on a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) device it will now restart after pausing for a reverse camera activation.

Home Screen
  • New ‘Take Me Home’ tile
  • A magnifying glass icon for search option
  • The ability to mute and unmute Navigation guidance
  • The media source selection screen is now accessible during a phone call

Language Support

Shanghaiese speech dialect for China has been introduced.

Smartphone Pack Features

Configurable Steering wheel switches can now be used to Play/Pause Smartphone pack audio.

Issues fixed in this release

Radio

AM, FM and HD Radio
  • The radio screen will no longer freeze
  • A ‘Radio not available’ pop-up will no longer be displayed on the home screen when exiting the radio find view list, after selecting a station from radio find view list in RSE.
  • Radio default artwork will no longer flicker while scanning radio frequencies.
  • Radio favorite feature will no longer unexpectedly reset to the radio home page.
  • Favorite Radio Channels will no longer be unexpectedly deselected in the lower screen.

DAB
  • DAB stations can be selected from the search view list inside the find view.

All Road Information
  • The 4x4i All Surface Information Screen will no longer be automatically displayed when a vehicle stalls.
  • (I-Pace only) The graphics seen on the touchscreen displaying the power distribution to the front and rear axles will no longer be inverted.

Smartphone Pack Features

All Smartphones
  • Improved connectivity of USB module phones.
  • Improved functionality when 2 phones are connected at the same time.

Android Auto
  • Improved GPS connection when using a navigation app from customer’s phone.

Apple CarPlay
  • If customer disconnects a session for the device the touchscreen will no longer freeze on the CarPlay screen.
  • A customer will no longer need to press the CarPlay tile twice to get to the CarPlay screen.
  • Customers using CarPlay will now see the correct media artwork where available.
  • Customers will be able to launch CarPlay or InControl Apps (ICA) in the same ignition cycle after starting vehicle using remote engine start.
  • CarPlay will no longer be deactivated after unmuting audio on the vehicle.

(Android phones only)
InControl Apps (ICA)
  • ICA screen will no longer freeze or flicker for apps like spotify, when connected using android phones

Audio CD
  • (Issue only in last software, 18C) Switching from a CD to a DVD will now work correctly
  • The rear screen will now display the correct icon for CD ripping.
  • Audio ripped from a CD will now display information correctly

HDMI Connections

General HDMI connection improvements

Touchscreens and Controls

Lower Duo Touchscreen
  • Rotary dials in the lower touchscreen will no longer stop working as intended.
  • Lower touchscreen will no longer display an incorrect recent phone call list.
  • When changing the theme from light to dark the lower screen will no longer show a light theme.
  • Lower touchscreen will now remember setting between ignition cycles
  • Customer will not experience lower screen displayed in Red.

Upper Duo Touchscreen
  • Touchscreen will no longer intermittently fail to display existing application icons after an ignition cycle.

Duo Touchscreens
  • Upper and lower screens will no longer go blank with working audio.

Bluetooth®
  • Improved Bluetooth® auto connection of customer phone.
  • Customer can hear Bluetooth® audio routed through the cabin upon resuming after an ignition off time out.
  • Improved Bluetooth® stability.

Cameras
  • Camera screen will no longer be displayed blank when going back quickly from camera to home screen.
  • Improved Forward Traffic Detection Audio alerts.
  • Camera screen will no longer stay on after an alert while reversing vehicle.
  • Front camera screen will no longer be stay on even after driving vehicle forward.
  • When a Trailer is attached the user will now be able to select other camera views not just the trailer views.

USB Connected Devices
  • First song will no longer be played after returning to USB playback from other sources,playback will resume from the last point.
  • Improved media playback functionality when 2 iPods and iPhones™ are connected at the same time.
  • Tracks played from a USB device will show the correct track name instead of numbers
  • Corrupt USB devices will no longer cause the ISC (ISC) to constantly reset.

Climate

(Discovery only)
Manual Air Conditioning System
  • The touchscreen will no longer display a climate screen when the functionality is not supported by the vehicle.

i-Pace Climate System
  • Smart icon will highlight in all screens to show function is ON

General Climate Fixes
  • Improved stability when controlling the climate system through the touchscreen

(17C or later software level)
Evoque Climate System
  • Customer will have Climate Sync functionality back

IPC (IPC)
  • Customer will have proper artwork for AM and FM radio in the IPC.
  • Customer will no longer observe logo image on IPC instead of map or media.

Connected Infotainment
  • A blank online media screen will no longer not be observed on the when pressing media tile from bottom bar.
  • The customer will always have Live and Side panels available

DVD
  • Improved DVD playback

Electric vehicle screens
  • Time required to charge will be same on IPCand MY EV screen
  • The I-Pace goodbye screen will now display correctly every time the system shuts down.

Speech

Navigation
  • Customers can now use speech to navigate to Points of interest
  • User can enter Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport as a destination

General
  • Unsupported data on a USB device no longer causes voice features to stop working for an entire drive cycle.

Overall System improvements
  • Improved system stability
  • Improved system stability with rear seat entertainment
  • Improved system start up performance

Phone
  • Recent call list will now be updated after a missed call.
  • If contact is edited it will no longer appear grayed out and can be chosen from a speech command.
  • Customer can now see all the numbers stored for a contact.
  • The customer will have option for ‘USB only’ mode no a pop-up observed when phone is plugged in, if Smartphone features are not required.

Tow Assist
  • The Shadow trailer will no longer turn red too early.
  • (InControl touch Duo only) A Long press of the rotary dial will now centre the trailer to straight as it does on single screen vehicles.
  • When a Trailer is attached the user will now be able to select other camera views not just the trailer views.
  • Customer will no longer experience flicker while zoom in/out hitch assist
  • Parking guidance is returning after a Hitch Assist action automatically

Television
  • TV feature will not crash while selecting TV channel through Speech command
  • Customer will no longer see the white patches behind the intent bar in TV station list.

Valet Mode
  • Customer can unlock the valet mode by giving the valid valet mode PIN the master PIN will no longer be required.

Known issues in this release

(Brazilian Vehicles with TV)
Television
  • Some vehicles can not Display the Same TV channel across all 3 screens
  • The front screen goes blank after playing the TV for a few minutes and the rear screens report no reception

These are planed to be fixed in a future release

JLR PSA: Don’t remote start your vehicle and expect CarPlay to work, seen on 2017 & 2018 models with 18C

Since 18C went wide, I’ve read more and more people saying that CarPlay doesn’t work properly if you try to use it after remote starting the car via the mediocre Land Rover Remote app. 

Last night I saw it first hand, and it’s even worse than it seemed.

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After the fifth attempt of killing and restarting the app on my phone, signing in and out, it telling me my PIN was incorrect (it wasn’t), it FINALLY started the vehicle remotely.  Further info – my phone had a good internet connection and when I got back to the car it had full 3G service.  Entire process just continues to be horrible – embarrassingly bad and a real joke.

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Anyway – I get in car that’s been running tap the brake to tell car I’m physically there.  Then I connect the phone for CarPlay – CarPlay logo appears on iPhone quickly and dreaded pop-down user-unfriendly message appears on Range Rover screen ‘Apple CarPlay’ not available.  All modern JLR owners have seen this type of message at one time or another. 

So at this point the system is confused – I get the CarPlay icon on the bottom toolbar which means I lose standard phone functions, the media input screen also lists CarPlay but won’t switch to it.  I got an incoming call and couldn’t answer it hands-free because of this.  And then had to leave the iPhone unplugged from the vehicle so it wouldn’t keep thinking it was on CarPlay.  What if my battery was low and I needed to charge it via the car but also needed it to actually work?

Do you think the engineers who didn’t test anything before shipping it thought that since the Remote Start is so bad, there’s a slim chance a user would hit this bug and try to use CarPlay?  Or did they not even test these scenarios and this is all a surprise?

This system has always had odd issues for me when using it after a Remote Start.  Sometimes the cameras wouldn’t work, sometimes you’d just get a black screen.  Those bugs seem to have been resolved for me at least.

All-New 2020 Range Rover Evoque, the minutia…

The Velar makeover for the Evoque does seem to suit it well.  And being the last car in the lineup needing a good refresh, it’s a great indicator of what we’ll see in the next couple years on the up-level models.

The transparent bonnet from the 2014 Discovery Vision Concept makes its debut and it’s pretty cool.

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Basically an updated extension of the current Drive Assist that blends the cameras for a very helpful view.  Currently this is buried a few levels deep in the menus and you have to accept a warning message.  We’ll see if that stays the same for Clear Sight Ground View

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The other “Clear Sight” tech – ClearSight Rear-View Mirror, a 9.5” LCD with a 1600 x 300 resolution displaying an HD 60FPS camera feed providing a wider (50-degree) field of vision and superior visibility in low light.  Love this but be warned “Customers who wear varifocal or bifocal lenses may have issues adjusting to the mirror’s digital mode”

What are these giant blank areas surrounding the shifters in the current JLR line up – it just seems like very lazy design.  It’s the same thing Jaguar does in the XE with the rotary shifter.  You can tell it’s there because they just gave up and over-compromised.  If you’re going to do this why not just change up the interface altogether?  They’re not saving space they’re just wasting it.  And it looks cheap.  Please don’t let the cheap Jaguar interiors come over to our side.

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Is it because they need to have space for a manual transmission?

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How are they not including inductive charging or wireless CarPlay at this point?  They show two places you can put your phone but neither charges it wirelessly.  These are 2020 cars – look at our super-advanced AI-enhanced next-gen WIRED technology.

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More to come…

InControl Touch Pro (not Duo) as standard in the All-New 2020 Range Rover Evoque

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If not optioned with the full InControl Touch Pro Duo system, the 2020 Range Rover Evoque includes the old-style sunken screen of the pre-2018 era.  And along with that the lower screen of the ICTPD system gets replaced with a glossy control panel mimicking the ICTPD display. 

For some reason the volume control moves to the upper left of that panel.  There aren’t too many pics out there.

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