Jaguar Land Rover has launched the justDrive - an industry-leading app technology - which combines several smartphone apps into one voice-activated in-car experience. Being developed by Silicon Valley-based CloudCar, the company has cleverly optimized justDrive according to its InControl platform for both Apple iOS8 and Android phones. Free to download, justDrive would be available from early 2015 and offer 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 David I won't come’, with justDrive reading the content of the message back to the sender before it is sent. An individual can also ask justDrive to play a particular song, just by asking for it.
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. Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Our InControl system already allows the driver to plug their smartphone into the vehicle and then safely control their apps through the vehicle’s touchscreen. The apps areenhanced for in-car use, so it is exactly like having your smartphone installed in your dashboard. “Today, we areadvancing our InControl system a stage further and to the forefront of the industry with the launch of justDrive. This moves the driver from the task-oriented, app-specific touch-based use of individual apps, to full control of all chosen app content through plain natural speech or touch interface.”
In addition, the British luxury carmaker also announced the opening of its first overseas R&D facility in Portland, Oregon. The $3m Open Software Technology Center will focus on the development and application of advanced connected technologies and will help lead the development of future Jaguar and Land Rover infotainment systems. 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.