🆗⬇️⬇️🆗🆗⬅️⬅️ Konami Cheat Code or How to display map instead of gauges for 2017 Range Rover?

One of the cool new features Range Rover received for 2017 is the ability to show the navigation maps in the (previously single function) digital gauge cluster.

Only downside – you have to manually activate it through the gauge cluster menu each time you want to see it, hence the Konami-esque “cheat code”

From the left steering wheel control:

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OK, Down, Down, OK, OK, Left, Left

A tale of two reverse views… 2017 Range Rover

Noticed something different the other day when I quickly started the car and shifted immediately into reverse – the reverse camera view was simpler and centered.  Upon testing it looks like that’s the view you get if you shift into reverse before the legal disclaimer times out or is manually dismissed.my17-l405-reverse-camera

Also still unsure why the extra lines aren’t turned on all the time, they were in the previous Range Rover, Here’s what they look like turned on:


You must tap that currently active orange button on the left to toggle them on/off

Remote Climate aka remote start for 2017 Range Rover on Apple Watch

Finally a Range Rover with official remote start (Remote Climate)!! 

Yes, it’s very cool (just flakey).

This works very intermittently from the Remote app on the iPhone and even less so from the Watch.  The first time it worked for the Watch was when I was writing this – that’s why the times in the picture below don’t match.  When it doesn’t work on the Watch, the status graphic just spins until there’s eventually an error notification displayed on the iPhone, not the Watch.

One other bit of info – the Watch app does work more consistently when trying to lock or unlock the vehicle remotely and further still, if the vehicle is unlocked and I try a Remote Climate start, the doors do lock but the engine itself has only started one time as of this post.

This is all being done with an iPhone 7 running iOS 10.2 and an Apple Watch Series 2 running watchOS 3.1.1. (as of 12/29/2016)

Here’s what it looks like and if you care to read my comments, keep reading below the image:


Minutia comments:

* As seen above, the app is in metric for some reason – inconsistent throughout ICTP for me.  As far as I can see all settings in vehicle and on their website are good:


* Why are they creating their own UI elements?  Just stick with what Apple provides and embrace the Watch.  The digital crown can be used to scroll the main screen but then doesn’t do anything on the subsequent screen  – seems like a great way to change the target temp, no?

* Then there’s the PIN screen… – no visual feedback on the numbers themselves, just that little pie chart that appears in the lower right of the screen as you press the numbers, not knowing if you pressed the right one.  Red screen below is what flashes if PIN is incorrect.  For comparison, the other screen below is the Apple PIN entry screen – bigger buttons that visually flash when pressed and entry status shown at top of screen, where fingers don’t cover.  That pie chart being in the lower right means my finger covers it as I type in the numbers.  So no visual feedback on the actual number pressed and an obstructed view of the pie chart…


And one last image for completeness:


Does InControl Touch Pro run 64-bit Ubuntu on an Intel Atom E3845 and why is their app API so closed?

Updated (1/22/17) confirming hardware configuration:

It is an Intel Quad Core 1.9 GHz Atom with 4GB of RAM and a 60GB SSD in the US market.  For the rest of the world, if Rear Seat Entertainment is specified, a 160GB SSD is used.  With the 60GB drive, 10GB is configured for user media, the 160GB drive increases that to 110GB of user media storage.

Located under the front left-side seat, here’s the Infotainment Master Controller (IMC):


Intel article detailing their in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) reference design and their help with InControl Touch Pro

Their reference design for IVI:18911614060_3f077f7ee2_o

Jaguar Land Rover likes to point out that InControl Touch Pro uses an Intel quad-core processor.  Looking at Intel’s IVI documentation, the processor they’re describing is most likely the 1.91Ghz Intel Atom E3845.  A hardened SOC that can operate from -40° to 110°C.

Throughout other articles Linux is referenced and while they may just be using the template for the VM they used in testing some of their new tech, one of the press photos calls out 64-bit Ubuntu.

First the image of the test system running on the additional touch screen.  Then see the second picture below, zooming in on the test screen



This wasn’t a secret, as far back in 2013 they said it would be a GENIVI-compliant, Linux-based infotainment system.

10.2” InControl Touch Pro in Action – Responsive infotainment from Jaguar Land Rover????

With the lowest of hopes, I can comfortably say that InControl Touch Pro well exceeds expectations.

MY17 Range Rover can’t get here soon enough…