Land Rover Showcases world-first dual-modem infotainment system at CES
Unveiled in September 2019, the new-generation Land Rover Defender was showcased at a couple of auto shows last year. Come 2020 and Land Rover is showing off the vehicle’s advanced infotainment system at the Consumer Electronics Show. Why is this important? Well, Land Rover claims that the Defender features the world’s first dual-modem, dual eSIM technology, which enhances connectivity and helps the infotainment system work quicker even when operating system updates.
Land Rover Is Working On Some Seriously Pointless Tech
Part of the beauty of owning a vehicle like the Jeep Wrangler, Ford F-150 Raptor, Toyota 4Runner, or even the new Land Rover Defender is the ability to play off-road. By that, we mean hitting rough terrain, climbing over obstacles, and going places cars like the Porsche 911 or Aston Martin DBS Superleggera can’t go. Doing this, however, requires a certain amount of driver skill – your everyday driver doesn’t just know how to approach and climb over rocky terrain or climb excessive steep grades. But, that’s part of the fun of off-roading; you learn how to approach different obstacles and enjoy the challenge. Now, however, it looks like a company known for its off-roading prowess, Land Rover, has lost touch with that entire concept as it works to developer remote control technology for the 2020 Defender.
Jaguar Land Rover Thinks it Can Help Stop the Spread of Colds
The automotive tech wars are as hot as ever, and Jaguar Land Rover is looking to invest in the future in a variety of fields, including autonomous driving and augmented reality driver assists. Now, JLR will step into a new space - disease prevention. Thanks to the implementation of ultraviolet light technology (UV-C) with a vehicle’s onboard heating / ventilation / air conditioning (HVAC) system, JLR hopes to stop the spread of colds, the flu, and other pathogens.
The 2020 Range Rover Evoque Has the Coolest Rear View Mirror Ever
The Range Rover Evoque isn’t exactly a spring chicken and 2019 marks the introduction of the second-generation of Land Rovers entry-level people mover. Entry level is a weak word when it comes to the Evoque however and, despite the fact that this model looks a lot like the old at a glance, there’s a lot of new tech here. The Evoque just became Land Rovers first mild hybrid vehicle and a plug-in model is even on the way. New screens adorn the updated dashboard inside but what really stuck out to me was the new hybrid rear view mirror.
Jaguar is Working On a Technology To Counter Motion Sickness
Motion sickness is way more common than you can imagine. As per industry research, more than 70-percent of people suffer from motion sickness, and Jaguar Land-Rover believes it can counter this problem and reduce it by 60-percent. To do so, the automaker has come up with a technology that will come as standard on all of its future cars.
Land Rover Discovery Now Has Smartphone-Powered Folding Rear Seats: Video
Land Rover is slowly teasing its all-new Discovery before its September 28 debut. This time, the automaker foregoes a static picture and some dry press release in favor of action and star host. Yep, Land Rover called Bear Grylls to demonstrate the Discovery’s new smartphone app-controlled folding rear seats – all while falling from the sky at 125 mph.
It might be an extreme demonstration, but the fact remains that owners can now control the second and third row seats of their new 2018 Land Rover Discovery via a smartphone app from anywhere in the world. This transforms the seven-seater Discovery into a two-seater with tons of cargo room in just 14 seconds.
What’s more, any seating configuration can be achieved, including folding or unfolding individual seats or rows. It just requires the optional Seven Position Seating package, which includes the Intelligent Seat Fold feature as standard. The Land Rover InControl Remote app is downloadable at Apple and Android’s app stores.
Aside from using the app, the Discovery’s seats are controllable using buttons in the cargo area, as well as menu buttons within the InControl infotainment system. Alex Heslop, Land Rover’s Chief Engineer for Discovery says, “This unique feature sets the all-new Discovery apart from any other vehicle. The fact that owners can change the seating while doing things like shopping is a true milestone in convenience delivered through technological innovation.”
Expect more innovated technology like this to break cover in the coming days. Land Rover is set to debut the new Discovery at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
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Jaguar Land Rover Launch Tech Business To Address Tech And Mobility Race
The rapid evolution of technology has given rise to a rush in the automotive industry to be the first at something, anything. It’s become commonplace for automakers to make this kind of concerted push and a company like Jaguar Land Rover has proven to be one that understands the value of innovation. Knowing what’s at stake, the British automaker has launched a new technology business geared towards building apps and on-demand services that could redefine the future of travel and transport.
The business is called InMotion and JLR sees it as a gateway towards bridging the gap between today’s technology and the future of mobility. Simply put, JLR is looking to use InMotion as a means to make life easier for drivers and commuters alike. That’s been the common thread that ties these automakers together and with the industry evolving in the same form, InMotion will be looking to use the technologies that are becoming available and adapt with the times to satisfy the evolving needs of Jaguar and Land Rover owners.
Since InMotion’s business will largely revolve around developing apps and on-demand services, it goes without saying that a big part of new company’s strategy includes creating new ways for drivers and commuters to access these technologies from their smartphones and other portable devices. InMotion is not exactly taking a revolutionary approach with its business platform, but it does give Jaguar Land Rover direct access to the products that come out of this new company.
Whether these products end up being useful or not is not known yet, but give credit to JLR for putting the proper resources in place. The new company will be based in London, as good a place as any considering that it’s one of the busiest megacities in the world and home to a technology-driven society.
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Jaguar Land Rover Helps Launch The UK’s First Test Corridor
When automakers from all corners of the world began announcing their plans of developing autonomous driving technology, it felt like it would only be a matter of time before these pursuits sprouted new forms of technological advancements that were tied into autonomous driving. Jaguar Land Rover has certainly put its money where its mouth is, after announcing a £5.5 million ($7.8 million) investment in a 41-mile test corridor called the UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment, or UK-CITE for short. The venue is called a “living laboratory” that will used for a variety of functions, including the evaluation of JLR’s new systems that are related to real-world driving conditions and more importantly, support the development of connected and autonomous driving technology.
Other companies, universities, and organizations also joined in to partake in the development of UK-CITE, including Siemens, Vodafone, Visteon, WMG, the University of Warwick, Coventry University, and the Coventry City Council.
JLR’s goal is to use UK-CITE and its facilities to develop and test out its automotive vehicle technologies on as many as five different types of roads and junctions. Roadside communications equipment have also been installed to test vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure systems on as many as 100 connected and automated cars. The whole set-up is meant to unlock the key to sharing information at high speed between cars and roadside infrastructures like traffic lights.
In the end, UK-CITE is expected to play a big role in JLR’s continued pursuit in the development of its own autonomous driving technology while also addressing the clear, real-life need of improving road safety for both the cars and its drivers.
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In a recent press release, Jaguar Land Rover unveiled that it is looking into ways to reduce the amount of energy consumed by the current heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems used in modern vehicles. According to JLR’s Director of Research and Technology, Dr. Wolfgang Epple, current HVAC systems can draw as much as 10 kW from the battery of electric vehicles, which can reduce electric range by up to 40 percent. Gasoline-powered vehicles also suffer from range loss, as air-conditioning can consume enough energy to reduce drive range by up to 20 percent.
Jaguar Land Rover has been researching how to heat or cool an air bubble inside the vehicle as opposed conditioning the entire cabin space. This would mean that compartments like the glove box and center console wouldn’t be conditioned by the HVAC system. Other areas like trunk space, areas under the seat, and even the area surrounding unused seats would also remain unconditioned. The air inside these so-called “air bubbles” would be passed through a special filter that would make the air quality better than that of the air outside the vehicle.
Another future innovation we may see from JLR is something they call the “Warm Air Blanket.” Instead of heating the air inside a vehicle, JLR wants to directly heat or cool each occupant directly. By using infrared panels strategically and invisibly placed around the vehicle, the skin of each occupant can be warmed instead of the air inside the cabin. The sensation of warmth would be almost immediate because of how quickly and efficiently the infrared panels work. The panels would be hidden inside the sun visors, glove box and center console doors, and on the floor around the transmission tunnel. Early tests results have apparently shown that this technology alone can reduce the energy consumption of a vehicle’s HVAC system by 50 percent.
Other ideas include using infrared reflective (IRR) glass to prevent heating of the cabin by the sun’s rays, and by directing a flow of warm or cool air through porous surfaces in the seats. Since the direct effect of heating or cooling would be felt by vehicle occupants, it wouldn’t be necessary to operate the HVAC system constantly to maintain comfort. All of this is only part of what JLR is working on to reduce the energy consumption of all vehicles, and the emissions output of gasoline-powered vehicles. Read on to see what other innovations JLR has been working on.
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Now that Tesla has proven there’s a market for premium electric vehicles , more established manufacturers are scrambling to develop new platforms and drivetrains for electric cars. Mercedes-Benz recently confirmed it has a full-electric luxury car in the works , and Audi’s electric 2017 Audi Q6 E-Tron SUV is imminent. Now Jaguar Land Rover is getting in on the action with three new Concept_e research demonstrators that incorporate electric power.
Now that Tesla has proven there’s a market for premium electric vehicles, more established manufacturers are scrambling to develop new platforms and drivetrains for electric cars. Mercedes-Benz recently confirmed it has a full-electric luxury car in the works, and Audi’s electric 2017 Audi Q6 E-Tron SUV is imminent. Now Jaguar Land Rover is getting in on the action with three new Concept_e research demonstrators that incorporate electric power.
The first of these is the Concept_e MHEV, a “Mild Hybrid” built on a 2016 Range Rover Evoque. It uses a 90-horsepower prototype diesel engine that works with a 15-kW (about 20 horsepower) electric motor integrated into the crank between the engine and a nine-speed transmission. A 48-volt electrical system and 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack supply power to the electric motor.
Next is the 2014 Range Rover Sport-based Concept_e PHEV, which uses a plug-in hybrid system that incorporates a 300-horsepower gasoline engine and an eight-speed transmission. The electric motor delivers an additional 150 kW (roughly 200 horsepower) and also functions as the starter motor. A 320-volt battery pack supplies power to the electric motor. Both the ICE and the electric motor send power through the gearbox to a full-time four-wheel-drive system.
Lastly, the Concept _e BEV is what JLR calls a “bespoke research demonstrator.” It’s built using JLR’s aluminum vehicle architecture and uses a full electric drivetrain. A 70-kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery is mounted on the underbody and sends power to two motors, one at each axle. The front motor produces 85 kW (114 horsepower) and works through a single-speed transmission, while the other is a 145-kW (195 horsepower) motor that sends power to the rear axle through a two-speed transmission.
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Land Rover has not been shy about spending development dollars on high-tech, experimental gadgets over the last few years, including the transparent bonnet for off-roading. Now the automaker is taking transparent one step further – the transparent trailer.