Currently reading: JLR launches advanced justDrive app
Jaguar Land Rover to rival BMW, Mercedes and Audi for in-car connected tech as it reveals new justDrive app
Jim Holder
News
2 mins read
18 November 2014

Jaguar and Land Rover will offer a new app controlled by “one of the most advanced voice recognition packages in the world” from early 2015 as a result of a new tie-up with Silicon Valley-based technology company Cloud Car.

The deal, announced on the eve of the Los Angeles motor show, comes as the firm bids to accelerate its in-car connectivity technology offering to rival opposition from the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

The new app - called justDrive - will be available for use in any Jaguar or Land Rover fitted with the firm’s latest inControl Apps system. It will work with both Apple iOS8 and Android phones.

The firm claims the app allows owners to integrate multiple apps into a single, voice-activated in-car function. Services it can integrate include Spotify, Twitter and Yelp. It will also allow better voice control of the navigation system, or the driver to dictate text messages, for instance.

It is described by its makers as offering “an unprecedented level of connectivity for navigation, media, social interaction, voice search and information services while minimising driver distraction.” Jaguar Land Rover’s inControl Apps system will already allow a driver to control all these functions through the car’s touchscreen.

Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl Apps system will offer 18 apps including Stitcher, IheartRadio and Parkopedia when it launches in January 2015. It will be free to download and will be continuously updated as new technology is launched.

In addition to launching the new app, Jaguar Land Rover has also announced it is opening its first overseas R&D facility. The £2m new initiative will focus solely on future infotainment and connected car technologies and be based in Portland, Oregon. The 30 engineers based at the facility will work with the 240 already employed in the UK to work on connected car technology.

Read more LA motor show news

Get the latest car news, reviews and galleries from Autocar direct to your inbox every week. Enter your email address below:

Advertisement
Advertisement

Find an Autocar review

Read our review

Car review
Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover Sport offers just the right dynamic twist on the well trodden SUV formula

Join the debate

Comments
9
Add a comment…
Acstede 19 November 2014

i tested touch screen in simulation

i tested touch screen in simulation, i was asked to change radio channels on JLR touch screen years ago, with a driving simulation so steering wheel peddles and a driving screen. I was asked for my feedback after completing the task...i simply said "was i driving at the time" the instructor said "yes"....I replied "then i crashed"

I have had lingatronic in the last 3 mercedes thats 3 years a piece and a twirly joystick never had an issue, jumped in all 3 cars straight off and it works.

bomb 19 November 2014

Christ,...

...why the frigging hell do I want 'social interaction' whilst I'm in the car? And then in the next breath claim to 'minimise driver distraction'?!
Marv 19 November 2014

Dear oh dear Roadster....

...I have to agree with carnut, you clearly haven't used these systems. I used the MMI on an A1 for 3 years and had no issues what so ever.
Indeed Jaguar should be commended on offering such a system, but it certainly won't leave BMW, MB et al embarrassed by any stretch of the imagination.
P.S. I've just fitted a Pioneer system that mirrors my iPhone to my 06 VW Jetta, it's essentially what JLR are offering :o)

Find an Autocar car review