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STATE-OF-THE ART TECHNOLOGY

Technology and innovation define Velar, exemplified by the new, state-of-the-art Touch Pro Duo infotainment system.

World debut: Touch Pro Duo infotainment system

Velar debuts the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which is the most advanced system developed by Jaguar Land Rover and is truly state-of-the-art. Touch Pro Duo features two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens that form the centrepiece of the beautifully minimalist cabin, and blends a futuristic, elegant feel with an intuitive, engaging interface and unrivalled performance and functionality.

Located in the instrument panel's horizontal beam, the upper touchscreen's menu is divided into three panels for navigation, media and phone. Interaction is as intuitive as using a tablet or a smartphone: swiping across the screen to change between menus, pinching to zoom in and out, and with pressing and scrolling across the screen to pan across maps.

Each function may be individually selected and displayed on the main part of the screen to provide more detailed information and user options. A side panel provides access for up to five frequently used functions: navigation, media, phone, news and weather. A permanent menu bar in the lower portion of the screen provides easy access to the home menu, vehicle settings and parking aids.

Gently curved to lie perfectly flush with the surrounding structure, the upper screen can tilt through 30 degrees, allowing the driver to set it at the perfect position. The screen returns to the flush position when the ignition is switched off and automatically adjusts to the previously selected angle when the ignition is switched on again.

The lower touchscreen is integrated within the centre console and manages features including the climate control and Terrain Response functions. To make operation as easy and intuitive as possible there are no moving images and no complex menus - the touchscreen provides direct inputs to seat temperature controls, for example.

The two touchscreens are complemented by two tactile rotary controllers. These are reconfigurable to enable them to perform several functions, such as adjusting cabin air temperature, optional massage seat settings or the Terrain Response mode. Between them is a dial for controlling the audio system.

A row of capacitive switches is positioned below the rotaries to control maximum A/C and defrost settings, plus Dynamic Stability Control and Hill Descent Control functions. Lit in white when not in use, when pressed the switches illuminate in amber.

Touch Pro Duo's reductive design and outstanding performance is enabled by the very latest technologies. The HD touchscreens use optical bonding to allow a curved surface while at the same time delivering exceptional image quality: suspending the flat TFT display in an optical resin eliminates the air gaps that can otherwise cause reflections and parallax images.

An Intel quad core processor, high-speed 60GB solid-state drive and ultra-fast Ethernet network are at the heart of Touch Pro Duo's world-class performance and functionality, and together with the touchscreen design and rotary controllers, deliver an unrivalled user experience.

Connectivity

Touch Pro Duo is also designed to keep you connected, and its Micro SIM 4G connectivity enables a host of features, functions and location-based services that make every journey easier, more enjoyable and more relaxing (standard on S and above).

Use the online search to find your destination, and the system can also tell you if you have enough fuel to complete the journey. If not, you will be alerted and filling stations on the route that are within range will be shown on the map - tapping on one is all it takes to set it as a waypoint. Fuel prices can also be shown, and even the filling station brand.

Real-time traffic information helps you to avoid congestion, and plan alternative routes. But if you are delayed, Touch Pro Duo's Share ETA Mode can send your location and estimated time of arrival to chosen contacts via email or text message. If your journey time slips, the system can automatically send further updates.

Commute Mode learns your daily drive so that, using both historical and real-time traffic information, it can suggest alternative routes and help you to reach your destination on time.

When you approach the end of your journey, Arrival Mode shows a 360° interactive view of your destination alongside the main map display using street level imagery. If desired, the system can then find you a nearby parking space and direct you straight to it.

A route planning app enables you to programme a route in advance on a smartphone, which will then automatically be uploaded to the system once you're in the vehicle. And because Touch Pro Duo provides true door-to-door routing, it can help you complete the final stage of your journey on foot or using public transport by seamlessly transferring guidance back to your phone once you park the vehicle.

For enhanced connectivity, Touch Pro Duo also features a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices (available on S derivative and above) InControl Apps also allows owners to access compatible apps from iOS and Android devices using the system's upper touchscreen.

Customers can also interact with Velar remotely - from anywhere in the world. The InControl Remote app allows the owner to lock and unlock their vehicle, check how much fuel is in the tank or where the vehicle is parked using a smartphone or smartwatch. It's even possible to start the engine and set the climate control system or park heater remotely.

Secure Tracker technology allows the owner to track a stolen vehicle using the Land Rover app on their smartphone. If the vehicle is broken into or moved illegally, the app will alert the driver and the monitoring centre to help pinpoint and recover it as soon as possible. Even if the vehicle is stolen using the keys, the owner can alert the tracking call centre using the smartphone app.

Drivers gain extra peace of mind thanks to SOS Emergency call technology with Automatic Collision Detection and Optimised Assistance. In the event of an emergency, an SOS call notifies the emergency services of the location of the vehicle. Should the vehicle break down, Optimised Assistance transmits its GPS location and vehicle diagnostics data to a recovery company.

Perfect sound

As well as offering unrivalled connectivity, Velar offers a choice of four premium audio systems, each one developed to integrate perfectly with Velar's cabin and deliver exceptional sound quality, most of all the 1,600W Signature Sound System developed with renowned British audio experts Meridian.

This state-of-the-art surround sound system delivers an unparalleled listening experience for all occupants through 23 perfectly placed speakers, enhanced with Audyssey MultEQ XTdigital audio tuning and Trifield 3D sound processing technology. These combine to produce a truly immersive experience which perfectly reproduces the original recording

Customers can also specify the fully integrated Rear Seat Entertainment system which comprises two 8-inch HD touchscreens in true 15:9 widescreen format, two remote controls and two sets of WhiteFire-connected wireless headphones.

The screens are independent, so each one can play a different movie or, where available, digital TV channel. The twin USB 3.0 ports or the HDMI and HDMI/MHL connectors enable rear-seat occupants to stream media from smartphones and tablets. Front-seat occupants can select and monitor the content shown on the rear screens, and can also turn off individual screens, if desired.

2.2 Advanced driver-assistance systems

An array of advanced driver-assistance systems is fitted as standard or offered as optional equipment to make every journey in a Velar safer and more comfortable.

One of the most important technologies is Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB). A forward-facing stereo camera inside the windscreen monitors the road in front of the vehicle: if the AEB system determines that a collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian is imminent then full braking is triggered automatically, helping to avoid the collision altogether, or to mitigate the effects. The driver also receives visual and audible warnings before braking is initiated.

The stereo camera is also used for the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Keep Assist (LKA) functions. By monitoring road markings and the driver's use of the indicators, these systems can help to prevent the driver from drifting out of lane: LDW can issue a haptic warning though the steering wheel, while LKA goes further and can apply a small amount of counter-steering to keep the vehicle in its lane. The steering torque is easily overcome if required.

Driver Condition Monitoring measures steering inputs, throttle and brake application and analyses lane departure and the driver's use of direction indicators. If the system's algorithms determine from the data that the driver is drowsy - for example from periods of no steering followed by sudden, sharp inputs - a coffee cup symbol is shown in the instrument cluster to encourage them to take a break.

Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) uses the stereo camera to read speed limit signs, which are then displayed in the instrument cluster and, if fitted, the head-up display. TSR intelligently adapts to temporary limits in roadworks, and to the lower speed limits applicable in some countries during wet weather, or if the vehicle is towing a trailer.

Reverse Traffic Detection uses radar to monitor vehicles approaching from either side of the vehicle when reversing. An orange warning illuminates in the door mirrors to alert the driver to any potential danger.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Queue Assist and Intelligent Emergency Braking reduces driver workload when cruising on the motorway or driving in traffic. ACC maintains a set cruising speed, or a driver-selectable gap to the vehicle ahead if the leading vehicle's speed is lower. The technology ensures the vehicle will come to a complete stop when the vehicle ahead does. If the driver then presses the accelerator, Velar will pull away and track the vehicle in front all the way up to the chosen speed setting, where conditions allow. If the system detects that a potential frontal collision with another vehicle may occur, it will display an alert to warm the driver to brake. If the driver doesn't react, the system will deploy the brakes to reduce the severity of the potential impact.

The 360° Parking Aid makes it easy for drivers to manoeuvre the vehicle in tight spaces. Cameras located around the car are automatically triggered when Reverse is selected, or can be manually activated, with a graphic appearing on the touchscreen showing an overhead view of the car. The touchscreen display and audio feedback indicates the proximity of obstacles.

Park Assist identifies suitable parallel and perpendicular parking spaces using ultrasonic sensor, and alerts the driver with a message in the instrument cluster. Once the driver accepts the parking location, the vehicle steers itself on both entry to and - in the case of parallel parking spaces - exit from the space while the driver just controls the accelerator, brakes and selects either Drive or Reverse.

Towing made simpler and safer

Every vehicle wearing the Land Rover badge must offer exemplary towing ability: Velar is no exception. With a towing capacity of up to 2,500kg, and technologies already proven on the new Discovery that make this inherent ability even more accessible, Velar is the most useable tow vehicle in its class.

The semi-autonomous Advanced Tow Assist function enables all drivers to perform potentially difficult reversing manoeuvres with ease. Instead of steering and counter steering as normal, the driver simply guides the trailer into position using the infotainment system's rotary controller - Advanced Tow Assist calculates all necessary steering inputs.

First, the driver must configure the system through the touchscreen by entering key trailer details. Then, responsive trajectory lines appear on the touchscreen from the feed from cameras in the door mirrors, showing the anticipated direction of the trailer. By steering the trailer using the infotainment system's rotary controller and by operating the pedals, the driver can reverse park trailers with ease because the system calculates all of the necessary steering inputs. It will also alert the driver if the requested steering input is excessive and could cause a jackknife.

Hitch Assist makes it easier to hook at trailer up to Velar. Using surround cameras, the touchscreen displays the towbar and recognises the trailer mounting point. The display then zooms in, showing a trajectory line, which responds to steering wheel inputs to help the driver to guide the vehicle into place.

The Trailer Light Test feature enables drivers to test trailer lights without help from others by pulsing them while they are standing outside the vehicle. The system can be activated with a button in the luggage compartment or by using the touchscreen.
 
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