Published: November 19, 2014 | Connected Car Expo, Los Angeles, CA
Updated: November 20, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover has launched justDrive, an industry-leading app technology that integrates multiple smartphone apps into a single, voice-activated in-car experience at the 2014 Connected Car Expo at Los Angeles. The new justDrive app will launch on 2015 model year Land Rovers plus the 16MY Jaguar F-Type, and has been jointly developed with Silicon Valley-based tech firm Cloud Car.
JustDrive app lives on the driver’s smartphone and transmits data to the host vehicle via USB, but also requires a Bluetooth connection to relay the sound for calls and audio sources through the vehicle’s speakers. When the app establishes contact with the vehicle, it briefly displays a welcome screen that cycles through a few bits of relevant information (such as current weather conditions, commute information, and news) before the driver hits the road. The software then drops into the JustDrive dashboard.
It’s not an app, it’s a ‘Super-App’
JLR has optimized justDrive™ for its InControl™ platform for both Apple iOS8 and Android phones. ‘justDrive for Jaguar Land Rover’ integrates popular apps and services, such as Spotify, Twitter, Yelp and others, to give Jaguar and Land Rover drivers an unprecedented level of connectivity for navigation, media, social interaction, voice search and information services while minimising driver distraction.
justDrive will join 17 other apps including Stitcher, IheartRadio and Parkopedia currently in Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl Apps in-car infotainment system. Free to download, justDrive is available from early 2015 and offers drivers continuously updated apps and services throughout their vehicle ownership.
justDrive uses one of the most advanced plain speech recognition packages in the world, so customers can communicate naturally with their car, rather than using simple syntax commands. justDrive’s intelligence takes care of finding the best results for a user’s request from among the many applications and services that it has aggregated.
So instead of the driver having to specify which navigation provider to search for when looking for the closest gas station, they can simply ask justDrive for directions. The driver can dictate and then send a tweet or SMS by simply saying: ‘Tell George I’ll be late’, with justDrive reading the content of the message back to you before it is sent. You can also ask justDrive to play a particular song, just by asking for it.
“The apps are enhanced for in-car use, so it is exactly like having your smartphone installed in your dashboard. justDrive moves the driver from the task-oriented, app-specific touch-based use of individual apps. Using speech as a key enabler, together with justDrive’s simple and clean user interface, means we only show essential information to help create a safe, non-distracting driving environment. ”
Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, JLR
New technology research centre opens in Portland
JLR also announced the opening of its new £2 million Open Software Technology Centre at Portland, Oregon. The first JLR overseas research centre, it aims to work with Silicon Valley to help drive the firm’s development of connected car technologies.
The 15,000 sq.ft facility features a multimedia creative suite, innovation spaces, a development laboratory and a six-bay vehicle workshop. It employs a team of around 30 infotainment specialists, including 16 highly experienced software engineers.
Source: Jaguar Land Rover