Jaguar Land Rover

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

Dear Land Rover (UK, USA, et al.), your CarPlay rollout sucks

Preface: Jaguar Land Rover, please prove me wrong on all that follows below.  I can’t wait to update this post and tell everyone how great you did in fixing yes another issue you have with tech and transparency.

So we’re just under a month from when “A spokesperson for the brands confirmed to MacRumors” that CarPlay/Android Auto was incoming.  But still nothing actually official from Jaguar Land Rover. 

  • Many dealers still seem to have no idea on what is or isn’t possible.
  • Many dealers just won’t upgrade an eligible vehicle.
  • Many dealers spread misinformation about how it’s going to work.
  • Does the upgrade cost $300?  Does it cost $400?  Is it free?

There’s still no official announcement on your website describing the process.  (Heck your website (USA) still says that InControl Touch Pro is only available on a 2017 Evoque)

I get messages like this daily because there’s so much confusion:

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How about a clear and informative page on your website that owners can refer their dealers to and everyone can get what they want and be happy 🙂

How about a page the owners can print out that the dealer can refer to in TOPIx, again with clear instructions on what needs to be done.  They can select their vehicle from a list and know what they can or can’t have, etc, etc…

Jaguar Land Rover Investor Presentation had some interesting info

Here are two slides that caught my eye from the full presentation:

2 additional nameplates coming…

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And here specifically the Always On stuff – finally.

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https://www.tatamotors.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/23043224/jlr-iInvestor-presentation-22june2018.pdf

CES 2018: JAGUAR LAND ROVER’S INNOVATIVE CONNECTED TECH

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

Qualcomm

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?

Gentex

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

"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.

Gentex

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

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.

CloudCar

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.

LISNR

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

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.

Jaguar Land Rover to Road Test Future Technology on the UK’s First Connected Corridor – Digital Gauges still not used

Official PR below for full story and yes like all the other tech they show off, seems cool – But, as we see 6 years later and they still can’t even use the 12.3” Digital Gauges right in front of the driver for the demo.

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Official PR:

  • A new 41 mile ‘living laboratory’ of UK roads will be used to test and develop next-generation connected and autonomous vehicle technologies
  • A fleet of 100 ‘smart’ connected and autonomous technology research vehicles, including Jaguar and Land Rover models, will test new systems that enable cars to talk with each other
  • Car-to-car communication and ‘Over the Horizon’ warnings will make driving safer, improve journey times and prevent traffic jams
  • Car-to-car communication will allow cars to warn others vehicles. Ambulances, Fire and Police vehicles can alert drivers that they are approaching

Whitley, UK: Jaguar and Land Rover is investing in a 41 mile ‘living laboratory’ project on UK roads to develop new Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technologies. The new CAV test corridor, which includes 41 miles of roads around Coventry and Solihull, will be used to evaluate new systems in real-world driving conditions.

The £5.5m ‘UK-CITE’ (UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment) project will create the first test route capable of testing both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure systems on public roads in the UK. New roadside communications equipment will be installed along the route during the three year project to enable the testing of a fleet of up to 100 connected and highly automated cars, including five Jaguar Land Rover research vehicles.

This fleet will test a range of different communication technologies1 that could share information at very high speeds between cars, and between cars and roadside infrastructure, including traffic lights and overhead gantries.

Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, today announced the UK Government’s support for the UK-CITE research with a £3.41 million grant from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. This funding for collaborative research is part of the Government’s £100m Connected and Autonomous Vehicles fund.

Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover, said: "This real-life laboratory will allow Jaguar Land Rover’s research team and project partners to test new connected and autonomous vehicle technologies on five different types of roads and junctions. Similar research corridors already exist in other parts of Europe so this test route is exactly the sort of innovation infrastructure the UK needs to compete globally. 

"The connected and autonomous vehicle features we will be testing will improve road safety, enhance the driving experience, reduce the potential for traffic jams and improve traffic flow. These technologies will also help us meet the increasing customer demand for connected services whilst on the move."

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Connected technologies are key enablers for future Intelligent Transport Systems. These would help traffic authorities monitor and manage traffic flow by capturing data from all connected vehicles and then provide the driver or autonomous car with guidance to optimise the journey.

To improve traffic flow, connected cars could co-operate and work together to make lane changing and exiting from junctions more efficient and safer. Technologies like Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC) would enable vehicles to autonomously follow each other in close formation, known as platooning, making driving safer and ensuring road space is used more efficiently.

Over the horizon warnings

In the future, warning messages that are today flashed onto an overhead gantry above a road could be sent direct to the dashboard – and repeated if necessary. This would have the potential to eventually replace the overhead gantry, which each cost around £1m to install.

The Jaguar Land Rover research team will be real-world testing a range of ‘Over the Horizon’ warning systems. As well as warning drivers, these would inform future autonomous vehicles, helping them react and respond to hazards and changing traffic conditions automatically.

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Dr Epple added: "A well-informed driver is a safer driver, while an autonomous vehicle will need to receive information about the driving environment ahead. The benefits of smarter vehicles communicating with each other and their surroundings include a car sending a warning that it is braking heavily or stopping in a queue of traffic or around a bend. This will enable an autonomous car to take direct action and respond. Drivers would receive a visual and audible warning that another car is causing a hazard out of sight or over the horizon.

"The approach of an emergency vehicle can often be stressful for drivers. If we can inform the driver, or the autonomous car, much earlier that an emergency vehicle is approaching, we can ensure that the best decisions are made to move the vehicle out of the way safely and conveniently, to let the emergency vehicle pass by."

Jaguar Land Rover’s ‘Emergency Vehicle Warning’ system would identify that a connected ambulance, fire engine or police car is approaching through car-to-car communication. The driver would then receive a warning, long before flashing lights and sirens are audible or visible.

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