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Landy goes high-tech on comms and navigation


LAND ROVER’s Defender family is showcasing a new dual eSIM connectivity system at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada – said to be the world’s largest consumer electronics show.

The 2020 Land Rover Defender on show there claims to be the first vehicle with two embedded LTE modems for superior connectivity while the vehicle’s new Pivi Pro infotainment system shares electronic hardware with the latest smartphones.

The ”fast and intuitive” Pivi Pro system allows users to make full use of ‘Software-Over-Air’ technology in the New Defender without compromising the system’s ability to stream music and connect to apps. With its own designated LTE modem and eSIM, the SOTA technology can operate in the background without affecting the day-to-day connectivity provided by the separate modem and eSIM in the infotainment module.


The always-on Pivi Pro setup sits at the heart of the cabin. A 25cm high-res touchscreen allows control of many aspects of the vehicle using the same processing hardware as the latest smartphones.

Users can connect two mobile devices at once, using Bluetooth.

Jaguar Land Rover’s Peter Virk told The Corner in a media release: “With one LTE modem and eSIM dedicated to the SOTA tech and the same set-up looking after music streaming and apps, the Defender has the digital capacity to keep customers connected, updated, and entertained, at all times anywhere in the world.

“You could liken the design to a brain, each half enjoying its own connection for unrivalled and uninterrupted service. Like the brain, one side of the system looks after logical functions, such as SOTA, while the other takes care of more creative tasks.”

Pivi Pro has its own battery so the system is always on and able to respond immediately on start-up so the satnav is ready to accept destinations immediately.

The system, Landy says, allows access to software updates remotely – including navigation mapping data – without a visit retailers for updates.

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The LTE connectivity behind the Jaguar Land Rover infotainment system also allows the New Defender to roam across multiple networks in different regions to help optimise connectivity. In addition, the cloud-based architecture provided by CloudCar is designed to make it easy to access and use content and services.

At the 2019 Frankfurt auto show Land Rover said 14 electronic control modules would be able to receive remote updates but that has since grown to 16 capable of receiving SOTA updates. Land Rover engineers believe in-dealer software updates will disappear before the end of 2021 as additional SOTA modules come online – rising from 16 to nearly 50.

Land Rover showcased its advanced Pivi Pro technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, with the New Defender 110 and 90 taking pride of place on the Qualcomm and BlackBerry stands respectively.


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