Technological innovation extends to Discovery Sport’s all-new infotainment system, with voice-controlled satellite-navigation, WiFi hotspot connectivity and bespoke all-terrain modes. Buyers can opt for Land Rover’s InControl™ technology, including InControl Apps. This puts Land Rover at the cutting-edge of in-car connectivity, bringing the convenience and original look and feel of smartphone apps to the vehicle’s 8-inch touchscreen. Head Up Display (HUD) also debuts.
All-new infotainment system
Discovery Sport features an all-new premium infotainment system, with an 8-inch touchscreen display and 800×480 pixel resolution for an easy and intuitive user experience. It allows drivers to monitor and control a wide range of functions by dragging, scrolling or swiping content, just as they might on a smartphone.
The home screen provides easy access to audio, climate, telephone and navigation functions, while users can swipe to an additional two screens to access a range of other functions. This includes WiFi hotspots, 4x4i and Wade Sensing™ off-road displays, Eco Data and ambient lighting control.
SD-based satellite navigation is supplied as standard equipment, and features advanced 3D city models and landmarks, high-quality 2D maps and 3D views of upcoming junctions for easily legible and realistic mapping.
An intuitive interface allows occupants to quickly enter a postcode or full address as required; alternatively, one-shot voice destination entry can be used, meaning the driver need only say the name of the destination for it to be entered into the satellite-navigation system. Voice commands can also be used to select radio stations, dial phone numbers or access stored contacts from the phonebook.
Other advanced satellite-navigation features include:
• Traffic Congestion View
• Live traffic announcements
• Historical traffic data
• Lane guidance icons
• Customer updatable maps
• Traffic sign display at motorway junctions
The innovative satellite-navigation system has also been optimised to complement Discovery Sport’s outstanding all-terrain capability. Advanced features include:
• Breadcrumbing, which marks the vehicle’s route on the map and allows the driver to re-trace their steps
• Point-to-point navigation, to show the most direct route between two points off-road
• Lateral and longitudinal co-ordinates to both locate the vehicle and navigate to off-road destinations
“Advanced touchscreen technology and an intuitive interface ensures Discovery Sport’s infotainment system offers all the versatility and connectivity that consumers have come to expect,” said Paul Cleaver, Discovery Sport Vehicle Programme Director. “Every Discovery Sport is fitted with an 8-inch touchscreen, so all buyers can benefit from this latest innovation.”
Bluetooth® functionality allows up to two phones to be synced to the infotainment system simultaneously: one to make or receive hands-free phone calls via multi-function steering wheel controls, the other to play audio, including streamed music from app-based services such as Spotify. Alternatively, smartphones and portable MP3 players can be synced and charged via USB sockets or auxiliary inputs.
A choice of three audio systems, including 17-speaker Meridian option for peerless sound quality
A choice of three stereo systems is available: an entry-level system with six speakers; a 10-speaker system with amplifier for enhanced audio quality; and a top-of-the-range system with 10 speakers, an amplifier and subwoofer for outstanding sound reproduction.
An advanced optional infotainment system includes HDD satellite navigation, dual-view functionality – allowing the driver to see only satellite-navigation information, for instance, while the passenger watches a DVD on the same screen – and a rear-seat entertainment system.
The top-of-the-range audio system has been developed in partnership with Meridian, a world leader in audio technologies and digital sound processing. The advanced 825w, Meridian Surround Sound 17-speaker system includes a subwoofer for peerless sound quality, and a state-of-the-art amplifier that incorporates the latest digital processing technology to ensure perfectly optimised sound quality for everyone in the vehicle.
Land Rover InControlTM Apps – the ultimate for in-car connectivity
Developed in conjunction with Bosch SoftTec, InControl Apps puts Land Rover at the forefront of in-car connectivity, and is compatible with the latest Apple and Android smartphones.
By connecting a smartphone to the dedicated USB port, well known smartphone apps optimised for in-vehicle use will function on Discovery Sport’s touchscreen, retaining their original look and feel. The latest content becomes available every time the apps update.
A productivity suite enables easy access to the connected smartphone’s contacts, calendar and music library, while a maps app includes maps and satellite views overlaid with the vehicle location.
Land Rover and Bosch SoftTec have worked in conjunction with some of the world’s leading smartphone app developers that are perfectly suited for in-car use, such as satellite navigation, music streaming, internet radio and location services. Compatible apps include iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Glympse, Sygic, Parkopedia, Hotelseeker, Cityseeker, Eventseeker, Airmotion News, Winston and MobileDay, with the range being continually expanded.
When InControl Apps is selected as a customer option, the owner must download Land Rover InControlTM Apps to their smartphone from either the Apple App Store (for iPhone 5/5S/5C and onwards) or Google Play (Android). Once the phone is connected to the vehicle’s dedicated USB port, the owner simply taps the InControl Apps icon on the central touchscreen and selects the desired vehicle-compatible app from the menu.
Land Rover InControlTM Apps is the latest addition to Land Rover’s suite of InControl connected-car technologies. InControl Remote allows owners to summon roadside assistance or the emergency services if required, while an SOS signal is triggered automatically should the airbags be deployed in an accident. The InControl Remote smartphone app allows owners to prepare for a trip by checking fuel levels and range remotely, find their vehicle in a crowded car park and check if they have left doors or windows open. They can also download journey details to assist in claiming business mileage expenses.
InControl Secure tracks the vehicle should it be stolen, while the Secure Tracking System will automatically trigger an SMS text message to alert the owner. InControl Wi-Fi provides in-car access to a 3G hotspot, enabling up to eight electronic devices to be simultaneously connected.
Head Up Display so your eyes never need to leave the road
Head Up Display (HUD) debuts on the Land Rover Discovery Sport. This advanced laser technology projects key driving data onto a compact area of the windscreen in the driver’s line of sight, allowing the driver to safely access information while keeping their eyes on the road at all times.
Data includes road speed, gear position (when the driver has selected Commandshift® manual mode), satellite-navigation directions and traffic-sign recognition.