Michael

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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Why did we have to wait for AI-powered “Smart Settings” to automatically turn on the heated seats & steering wheel when it’s cold out?

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So many other cars do this without “AI” – was it an IP issue?  And using the key to identify the driver, again is this AI?  Or just something that’s been around forever and ever?

Smart Settings
Designed to deliver a truly personalised experience and reduce driver distraction,
Smart Settings combines a number of features.
––Profile: The system automatically identifies each driver using their key and phone, and can
remember a number of settings saved to their profile. It can select your preferred seat and
mirror positions, as well as which media to play at the start of your journey.
––Learning: With the ‘Learning’ function, Smart Settings can also learn and automate your
preferences, based on your habits, past routines and the current temperature – including
whether you like a warm steering wheel or heated seats on a morning commute.

Maybe just check if it’s below 40 and do it?

All-New 2020 Range Rover Evoque & its creepy faux-NYC photos, does it make us question authenticity?

What’s with the off-putting faux-New York City sets they took their location pics on?  Did they not actually film in NYC for secrecy reasons?  But then why not just make it a generic city?  Why show NYC Taxis and NYC addresses?  Further the fake taxis show advertisements for the fake stores.  Then there are the very distinct models who seem to all know each other from vignette to vignette but not always acknowledge it.  And okay, I know the last part is a stretch but looking at it, you can see how weird it is.

It’s like The Truman Show or like a Twilight Zone where alien’s have built a prison for humans.

This is the “Mott sounds authentic, let’s use that for the bakery” shotmott-bakery1

This is not a place and something’s not right with those traffic lights.

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This is the “Let’s put a Mustang and a Chrysler in the background so it looks like USA” shot

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Woah – a hipster barber (Holder the Barber) & two coffee shops (Two Two Seven & Nick’s Coffee House)– this must be NYC!

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I wonder how the Taxi Rooftop Ads are working for Two Two Seven?  And coincidentally this taxi is parked in front of Nick’s Coffee House – how awkward!

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The only authentic New York detail is that the two coffee places are right across the street from each other.  That would be true.

It’s so fake.  I wonder if the off-road pics are filmed in a sandbox?