Land Rover launches Land Rover Explore Smartphone

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The new Land Rover Explore mobile phone is tough and capable – like the Discovery SUV that inspired it.

Powerful enough for two full days of typical use and durable enough to keep you connected when the going gets tough, it is developed by Land Rover and Bullitt Group and will be revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Designed with cues from the unbeatably capable and desirable Land Rover Discovery, the Explore smartphone is at home in the office and on an outdoor adventure, navigating as you go further and stay out for longer.

A powerful 4000mAh battery gives a full days hiking, biking or skiing with screen on constantly and GPS navigation mapping activated on the five-inch HD display. Battery life can be doubled by using an Adventure Pack that also boosts the reliability and accuracy of the GPS signal and improves the mapping.

The Land Rover Explore is as adventurous as you are. Drop-tested to 1.8 metres with a factory-fitted screen protector, it can survive underwater – including salt water – and can cope with extreme temperatures, humidity, thermal shock and vibration exposure. This level of protection ensures the device can survive heavy downpours or muddy trails and will continue to work, keeping you connected.

The Android-powered phone’s home screen has a customisable outdoor dashboard for instant access to weather information and data from the device’s sensors. The full HD screen works in bright sunlight and can be controlled with gloves or wet fingers.  It is also fully compatible with all Land Rover in-car apps.

This is the smartphone we’d all like to own – a perfect combination of design and functionality that embodies the Land Rover DNA and enables customers to be outdoors for longer, with the confidence to go further.

Joe Sinclair,
Director of branded goods and licensing,Jaguar Land Rover

 

Other hardware packs are available for the Land Rover Explore, including a large 4370mAh additional battery and a universal bike mount.

The Land Rover Explore launches with the Adventure Pack, bringing GPS handheld capabilities to the smartphone straight out of the box with an RRP of €649/£599. It will be available to order from 26 April 2018 via www.landroverexplore.com and selected retailers including Cotswold Outdoor and Snow + Rock in the UK, Sporthaus Schuster in Germany and AS Adventure in Belgium.

The Land Rover Explore will be on display at Mobile World Congress (stand CS78) from 26 February to 1 March 2018 and then at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Land Rover Explore outdoor phone specifications

  • Huge battery (4000mAh) plus add-on battery pack
  • IP68 splash, water and dust resistance
  • Drop-proof to 1.8 metres with factory-fitted screen protector
  • Premium grade, detailed off-road topographical mapping options from ViewRanger with Augmented Reality Skyline feature
    • In-box premium off-road mapping voucher, giving a choice of country-wide or custom region topographical maps in many markets.
  • Customisable outdoor dashboard to access to the most important weather information, sensor data, and on-device tools for your activity: eg weather, wind, tides, compass, SOS light
  • Android Nougat OS, with scheduled upgrade to Oreo
  • 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM, expandable via microSD
  • Deca-core 2.6GHz 64 bit MTK Helio X27 chipset with dual SIM functionality
  • 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, 4x digital zoom
  • Bright five-inch FHD display, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protected, optimised for outdoor use
    • Touchscreen can be controlled with gloves on or with wet fingers
    • Night red filter mode reduces screen glare, preserving natural vision in low light and at night
  • LTE Cat 6
  • Curated apps and content catalogue relevant to outdoor pursuits

Adventure Pack specification

  • 3600mAh additional battery
  • 25 x 25mm ceramic patch GPS antenna
  • TPU protective case
  • Stainless steel carabiner with canvas strap
  • IP68 and 1.8-metre drop tested

Bike Pack specification

  • Bike mount and case for both stem and handlebar
  • Tilt to adjust viewing angle or change device orientation

Battery Pack specification

  • Ultimate battery performance, additional 4,370 mAh of battery capacity
  • IP68 and 1.8-metre drop tested

About Land Rover

Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true ‘breadth of capability’ across the model range. Defender, Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Evoque each defines the world’s SUV sectors, with 80 per cent of this model range exported to over 100 countries.

About Bullitt Group

Bullitt Group helps global brands extend their product portfolios into new categories, particularly in the connected devices market. We design, manufacture, market and sell products under license for our brand partners.

Since its formation in 2009, Bullitt Group has designed, manufactured and distributed millions of mobile phones, audio products, other connected devices and related peripherals to more than 60 countries across the globe.

Bullitt Group’s head office is in Reading, UK, with additional offices in Taipei (Taiwan), Shenzhen (China), New York (USA) and Singapore.

www.bullitt-group.com

Continental demonstrates Predictive Connectivity Manager

Mobile World Congress 2018

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  • Intelligent data and channel management for predictive, holistic connectivity
  • Network availability forecast ensures optimum connectivity even on remote roads
  • Technology serves need for Always On Connectivity

Barcelona, February 26, 2018. It’s a problem all too familiar to those who spend a lot of time driving in rural areas: Mobile network reception is poor, with phone calls suddenly cutting out or music streaming coming to a halt. In many regions, lower bandwidths and high latency still diminish the user experience and prevent drivers from seamlessly transferring their digital lifestyle into their car. In response, technology company Continental has developed a Predictive Connectivity Manager that “looks” into the future to determine network availability and reception quality along the route so that it can then take appropriate action.

“The intelligent mobility of the future depends on connectivity that is as gap-free as possible. To allow drivers to get the best out of the existing network coverage, we have developed a predictive data and connectivity management solution. This enables us to not only identify reception white spots in advance, but also take action for a better user experience,” explains Johann Hiebl, head of Continental’s Infotainment & Connectivity business unit.

The project is an evolution of the Smart Telematics solution that Continental developed together with Carnegie Technologies. With Smart Telematics, it is already possible to aggregate available communication channels to get more bandwidth or to seamlessly switch between the channels once the reception quality becomes poor. The Predictive Connectivity Manager is an add-on to not only handle connectivity issues once they arise, but to develop intelligent data management and download strategies for a more anticipatory drive.

Crowd sourcing to determine network quality

To calculate the quality of reception along the road ahead, the connectivity manager collects data on the availability and quality of the communication channels from vehicles traveling along the same route, based on their current GPS position as well as what time and day of the week it is. This data is then processed and analyzed in the backend using Continental.cloud. The resulting database contains a range of data including information on signal strength, bandwidth, cellular standard and latency, as well as the cost of establishing a network connection at a specific position and the availability of different networks and providers.

In order for the vehicle’s data and channel management system to respond predictively, the connectivity manager must also be capable of predicting the route that the driver will take. To determine this “most probable path,” the software analyzes the vehicle’s pre-calculated route continuously and also accesses the navigation data. “Thanks to the combination of crowd sourced data from vehicles already traveling on the same route and their calculated route ahead, our connectivity manager really can take a glimpse into the future,” says Hiebl.

Compensation for network outages to guarantee optimum user experience

If the connectivity manager sees that the connection along the road ahead is getting worse, or that network coverage will soon not be available, a number of possible actions may be taken. On the one hand, the software could alert the drivers of upcoming network outage and inform them when the connection will likely be available again. A digital assistant could even switch to another, data independent application instead. On the other hand, the solution could prioritize between data intensive applications according to defined guidelines. It could temporarily provide the download of a software update with less bandwidth, for example, so that the current music stream is not interrupted. In addition, predictive channel management makes it possible to switch seamlessly between the various available channels depending on network quality and cost – from mobile networks, available WLAN hotspots in big cities or even satellite connection. In other words, if one channel offers better reception quality than another, the connectivity manager can switch between the networks.

Intelligent software as a digital companion

The Predictive Connectivity Manager can either run discreetly in the background and make its own decisions or actively involve the driver so that they can decide which of the available options to use. “We are constantly refining and enhancing our innovations to take them to a whole new level. With the Predictive Connectivity Manager, we are introducing a new technology that is serving the constant need of Always On connectivity. That way, safe, efficient and comfortable mobility is no longer a vision,” says Hiebl.

Continental will be unveiling the Predictive Connectivity Manager at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona. Visitors can find all trade fair innovations and technology developed by the company in hall 6, booth 6B50 at the MWC 2018. In the outdoor area OA3B.40, Continental will also be showcasing two demonstration vehicles.

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Connected car vendor Bright Box to Participate at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

Bright Box, a global vendor of connected vehicle services, will be participating at the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, being held in the Mobile World Capital, Barcelona, from the 26th of February to the 1st of March 2018.

Top representatives from Bright Box will be there to discuss the future of the automotive market, connected car services based on AI and the digitalization of auto insurance. Ivan Mishanin, the CEO of Bright Box, Robert Schuessler, the VP Of Sales Europe and Vitaly Baum, the Chief Product Officer/Product Development, will share the results of the collaboration with Honda Motor Europe as well as the plans for synergy with Zurich Insurance Group.

This annual event provides a unique platform for business opportunities and relationship-building. Mobile World Congress includes 2300 exhibitors, showcasing the latest innovations; a world-class conference featuring expiring keynotes and discussions.

MWC attendees will also be able to see the best practices for delivering Connected Car business outcomes presented by Bright Box.

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Chinese auto major Geely selects Qualcomm Automotive Platforms for their next generation infotainment systems

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), and Geely Auto Group (Geely), today announced at Mobile World Congress Shanghai that Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ automotive platforms were selected for inclusion in the next-generation of infotainment systems in Geely Auto Group vehicles. These systems include the world’s first-announced infotainment offering with an integrated 4G LTE modem using the Snapdragon 820Am automotive platform. Geely vehicles featuring Snapdragon automotive platforms are expected to be available from 2020 onward, in addition to Geely’s connected cars featuring telematics applications already available using Snapdragon LTE modems.

“Geely is one of the fastest-growing automakers worldwide, fueled by remarkable growth in China, the acquisition of beloved global brands such as Volvo and the iconic London Taxi Company, and the recent launch of our premium global brand, LYNK & CO” said Mr. Feng Qing Feng, chief technology officer, Geely Auto Group. “Qualcomm Technologies invigorates this momentum, helping us to provide consumers with the cutting-edge infotainment and connected car experiences they demand, thanks to the high-performance processing and superior connectivity delivered by Snapdragon automotive platforms.”

Geely is committed to scientific innovation and R&D to deliver high-quality products that meet the demands of different consumers in different regions and segments. The automaker expects to use Snapdragon automotive platforms on upcoming generations of its iNTEC technology package. This includes G-Netlink, a system that allows drivers to interface with their vehicles through a myriad of ways, including remote control via app to lock, unlock or the vehicle, turn on heating and cooling, and also provide in-car Wi-Fi; and G-Pilot, and intelligent drive technology designed to support a high degree of driving comfort, assistance and autonomy over the next decade.

Future generations of Geely’s iNTEC are planned to take advantage of the high-performing multimedia and graphics capabilities of the Snapdragon 820A platform, Qualcomm Technologies’ most advanced automotive grade solution designed to support immersive in-car experiences, including music and video streaming, 3D navigation, support for multiple high-resolution displays, and superior GPU performance for rich 2D/3D graphics. At the heart of the platform is Qualcomm Technologies’ custom-built system-on-chip (SoC) using a highly-optimized heterogeneous computing architecture based on a 14nm FinFET advanced process node. The SoC features Qualcomm Technologies’ custom 64-bit Qualcomm® Kryo™ CPU, Qualcomm® Adreno™ 530 GPU and Qualcomm® Hexagon™ 680 DSP Vector eXtension. The platform’s hypervisor support offers integration of multiple in-car visual experiences, including instrument cluster and infotainment displays. The Snapdragon 820A platform is also designed to allow infotainment systems to be upgradable through software updates, allowing vehicles to be upgraded with the latest features and differentiation.

Select Geely models are expected to use the Snapdragon 820Am variant of the platform with an integrated X12 LTE modem, supporting up to 600 Mbps downlink and 150 Mbps uplink speeds, designed to provide exceptional in-car cloud connectivity to support key features, such as over-the-air updates, navigation with real-time updates, news and local information, emergency assistance and diagnostics.

“China is emerging as a source of automotive innovation, not only benefiting Chinese customers but also the rest of the world, by quickly adopting and commercializing leading-edge car technology,” said Patrick Little, senior vice president and general manager for automotive, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are pleased to work with Geely and the Chinese automotive ecosystem to help define the future of connected car experiences and use our industry-leading technologies to accelerate its realization.”

For more information, please visit the Qualcomm booth during Mobile World Congress Shanghai (W5.E90), or visit www.qualcomm.com/automotive.

About Qualcomm

Qualcomm’s technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business.

About Geely Auto Group

Geely Auto Group is a leading auto manufacturer based in Hangzhou, China. Geely Auto Group consists of two brands, Geely Auto and LYNK & CO.

Geely Auto Group was founded in 1997, and has rapidly grown over the years. The Group is listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, and saw its sales volume increase to 765,000 units in 2016 with 2017 sales goal set at one million units. In the first five months of 2017, Geely Auto Group sold a combined 441,854 units, an increase of 89% over the same period in 2016 and completing 37% of the groups 2017 sales goal of one million units.

The controlling shareholder in Geely Auto is Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (ZGH), which is also the parent company of Volvo Car Corporation in Sweden and the London Taxi Company.

Via: Qualcomm Press Release