Jaguar Land Rover is retrofitting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into the vehicles' infotainment controls, which gives access to basic apps on the centre screen through smartphone mirroring .
It is rare to read that a luxury car maker is providing a free service. Jaguar Land Rover is about to tell owners of Jaguars and Land Rovers from 2016, 2017 and 2018 fitted with the optional “InControl Touch Pro” technology to come and pay them a visit.
“Every single car we ever built with InControl Touch Pro, we have re-engineered all of the software in that whole system and we’ve made it backwardly compatible,” Land Rover engineering director Nick Rogers said, according to news.com.au. “We’re actually going to offer every single customer …. to come back to the dealership, have an update.”
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The update requires owners to go to the dealerships and have a memory stick temporarily plugged into the USB to update the car’s computer with new software for smartphone mirroring, which alot of car models already have. There will be no charge to owners.
Jaguar Land Rover is retrofitting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into the vehicles’ infotainment controls, which gives access to basic apps on the centre screen. Most vehicle brands have had Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available before now, particularly on more expensive models.
A Jaguar Land Rover Australia spokesman confirmed updates were expected to be rolled out before the end of the year.
The update is only for the Pro version of InControl Touch, as well as a USB port, which many owners have paid additional money for.
Part of the software upgrade will also enable over-the-air updates, which were pioneered by Tesla, but are now being adopted by mainstream car makers.
The Tesla technology, which can fix bugs, improve functionality and add features, need to be carried out when the car is within Wi-Fi range or by using an onboard mobile phone SIM card.
Vehicles in Australia, such as the low budget Hyundai i30, the Mitsubishi ASX, Subaru Forester, Volkswagen Golf and Kia Sportage have smartphone mirroring for Apple and Android devices as standard.