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


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?


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 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.


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 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.


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.


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, 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.

2017 Range Rover – Digital Gauge Cluster gets new visual themes and animations

Finally that 12.3" screen put to some creative use – the 2017 Range Rover updates include four new themes for the gauges:









And a shot of the little animation that happens when various info appears on gauge cluster:

Updated (1/23/17) – Here are some official examples of the new themes and more:

Gauge Themes


Gauge Themes2


Two interesting InControl Touch Pro features–Smart Favorites & Connecting the car to Wi-Fi #slightlylessvapor

While not yet on any Land Rover on the road, we can look at the 2016 Jaguar XJ for hints of what’s to come for InControl Touch Pro.


Two items that caught my eye:


Satellite Radio now brings us the ability to have six Smart Favorite channels – the cool smart part: all six channels are buffered simultaneously for up to an hour – meaning when you’re looking for a song, anything that’s played in the last hour on your six favorite channels will be available with a few taps.  One of the things the current systems actually does well is “Instant Replay” for Satellite Radio – this just expands on that.

UPDATE: Conflicting information – while functionality is the same, it’s possible that those six Smart Favorite channels only buffer 30 minutes while the station you’re actively listening to will buffer a full hour.


We knew the InControl Touch Pro would need internet connectivity but I had always assumed it only got it from the built-in “High Speed” OLD-FASHIONED (no quotes) 3G system.  Apparently the car will also connect to a hotspot to get online.  Makes sense, just hadn’t read that before


The search continues…

Land Rover InControl Touch demo app for the iPad

Nothing too amazing but this app does give a good idea of the look of the various screens from the new Jaguar Land Rover InControl Touch system – coming first to the Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Jaguar XE.

Here’s a direct link to the iTunes App Store:




Jaguar Land Rover NGI appears to have received a product name: InControl Touch Infotainment System

Fraternal Twins: Jaguar XE & Land Rover Discovery Sport look to be the first JLR vehicles designed and built with Jaguar Land Rover’s Next-Generation Interface (NGI), now called InControl Touch Infotainment system.  With that system and the InControl app, we might actually see official Remote Start in a Land Rover.

We got the first glimpses of it in the Jaguar XE Connected Car preview:

And then some more of the hard buttons in the Discovery Sport interior teaser:


Finally, much nicer looking graphics.


More updated touchscreen graphics from the XE: