Newest Defender Premieres Phone-Like Capabilities at the CES 2020
Your infotainment system just got more outdated. Premiering at the CES 2020, the newest Land Rover Defender showcases the world’s first dual eSIM connectivity in a vehicle.
The new Defender features the world’s first dual modem, dual eSIM design in order to further enhance the connectivity and functionality of the infotainment system. The said unit is powered by two Qualcomm ® Snapdragon™ 820Am Automotive Platforms, each with its own integrated Snapdragon X12 modem. With this, the new Defender can now download Software Over The Air (SOTA) updates effortlessly. It can even download updates in the background, so you can continue listening to your music on the go.
The newest variant of the Land Rover Defender is the first ever vehicle to be integrated with LTE modems for enhanced connectivity, but we have a feeling that Jaguar Land Rover is just getting started. The new Pivi Pro touchscreen infotainment system is currently the best in the industry, and shares its electronic hardware with some of the best smartphones today.
The Pivi Pro setup is located at the center of the new Defender’s cabin, a 10 inch, high resolution touchscreen that allows the driver and its passengers to control all aspects of the vehicle. In addition, passengers can also connect two devices at once to the system, so both the driver and passenger can enjoy hands free functionality without the need to connect, disconnect, and swap devices.
“With one LTE modem and eSIM dedicated to the Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) technology and the same set-up looking after music streaming and apps, New 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, with each half enjoying its own connection for unrivalled and uninterrupted service. Like the brain, one side of the system looks after logical functions, like SOTA, while the other takes care of more creative tasks,” shares Peter Virk, Director of Connected Car and Future Technology at Jaguar Land Rover.
Dubbed as the vehicle with the brain of a supercomputer, the new Land Rover Defender 110 is said to start at £45,240 (Php 3.04 million) in the UK. The new Defender is on display at the CES 2020 in Las Vegas, from January 7 to January 10, 2020.