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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.

2011 Range Rover – Adaptive Cruise Control – Automated Deceleration #rangerover

Still going through and figuring out the various systems in the 2011 Range Rover – while testing the Adaptive Cruise Control last night, I noticed it did a lot more braking then I expected.  So tonight I rigged up my iPhone to record while hanging around my neck and gave the system another test.

There’s nothing quite like a vehicle braking itself, and braking quite hard at that.  My foot was just resting on the brake pedal the entire time, but don’t try this at home.

2011 Range Rover TPMS System in Action–indicates which tire is below pressure #rangerover

I was playing around with the Adaptive Cruise Control tonight on the 2011 Range Rover, I’ll try to post about that soon – anyway on one of the rapid automated decelerations, a Tire Pressure warning popped up.  The interesting thing here was that it actually indicated which tire was low, in my previous 2008 Range Rover, it was just a single indicator, it was up to you to find the tire at fault.  I hadn’t seen this mentioned in the owner’s manual so, here’s what it looks like – sorry for the shaky-cam picture.

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Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate – Updated photos #rangerover

Land Rover just released a great new batch of photos of the forthcoming Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate.  For me it’s the close up of the front window controls & the front door card shot itself that really show the small details they’re focusing on with this limited edition.  And again I have to say – these are the kind of things that Land Rover should have had in the vehicle for a while- less plastic BMW trim, more wood & metallic trims.  We also get a good shot of the wheel with the new branding on the middle cap, just like the Evoque – “Range Rover”

Enjoy!

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2011 Range Rover Supercharged–Latest official North American pictures #rangerover

Most of the official 2011 Range Rover pictures came out around the middle of last year, but they were focused on the TDV8 model with it’s 8-speed transmission & rotary gear selector.  Here are the Land Rover USA official shots of the North American spec Range Rover Supercharged.  I’ll add in the PR & spec sheet below for good measure.

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Introducing the 2011 Range Rover: the most capable and luxurious SUV in the world

Class-leading V8 engines, a multi-talented 6-speed transmission, Terrain Response® upgrades and external styling enhancements all combine to ensure the 2011 Range Rover retains its crown as king of the luxury SUV segment.

The range-topping, 5.0-liter, 510hp supercharged and 375hp naturally-aspirated V8s deliver supreme performance. Their uncompromising, world-class performance is not accompanied by an increase in fuel consumption and emissions compared to their predecessors. These lightweight, direct injection engines combine benchmark efficiency with outstanding power and torque. Acceleration in the naturally aspirated car to 60 mph is reached in just 7.2 seconds, while for those who want the utmost in performance, the supercharged V8 will rush to 60 mph in a mere 5.9 seconds.

The 2011 model year Range Rover is further enhanced by improvements to the Terrain Response® system in the form of Hill Start Assist and Gradient Acceleration Control. Dynamically, the Range Rover is equipped with the last word in suspension systems by offering Adaptive Dynamics technology offering firm control of body motions through turns while providing the calm, composed ride Range Rovers are famous for.

Active safety aids include available Adaptive Cruise Control, Emergency Brake Assist, available Blind Spot Monitoring, available Automatic High Beam Assist and an available Surround Camera System. Detail improvements to the exterior include new ‘Jupiter’ grilles and side vents for the naturally-aspirated models. To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the introduction of the very first Range Rover, a new Autobiography Black 40th Anniversary Limited Edition gives customers a more individual model to choose from.

Some 2011 highlights:

· Terrain Response® enhancements including Gradient Acceleration Control and Hill Start Assist

· Improved interior equipment levels with optional reclining rear seats and laminated privacy glass

· Revised exterior design features enhance Range Rover’s classic looks

· Optional Harman/Kardon 1200-watt, 19-speaker audio system

· 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 with 375 hp, 375 lbs-ft torque

· 5.0-liter Supercharged V8 with 510 hp, 461 lbs-ft torque

· Autobiography Black Limited Edition

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