Breaking Down The Tech Of The New 2022 Range Rover SUV

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Curved glass infotainment, million-piece headlights and remote parking are standouts.

We talk a lot about how we're living through the golden age of horsepower. With technology advancements in engine management and precision parts we can make power cleaner and cheaper. But there is a limit. And we'll soon be at it. Think about it, how much horsepower does a midsize sedan really need?

Advancements inside the cabin are different. There are no limits. With inexpensive commuter cars featuring everything from touchscreen navigation to adaptive cruise control, luxury cars have to up the ante significantly. And they have. Mercedes has a Hyperscreen; the Jeep Grand Wagoneer has Fire TV; Audi and others have augmented reality. And since we've come around to a new generation of Range Rover, it too is expected to have leading edge technology. Land Rover has not disappointed.

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1. Pivi Pro

The new Pivi Pro infotainment system, which has been trickling down to all Jaguars and Land Rovers for a few years now, is the centerpiece of the cabin. It has a convexly curved 13.1-inch screen that provides haptic feedback (so you know you've touched it) and allows customers to get to 90% of the functions within two taps. It has a backup battery so the second you get behind the wheel it turns on and is ready to go. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto work wirelessly, as does phone charging.

The driver display is even bigger measuring 13.7-inches and features several display types from more analog to more digital-looking.

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But you won't have to look there, because everything important will be shown on the new head-up display "that appears about 6 feet from the driver, and requires minimal look-down from the driver, halving the time it takes to read important information," says Land Rover.

Like a few other manufacturers, the Range Rover will integrate Amazon's Alexa in-car assistant. You can control the car's features, media and navigation with things like "where's the nearest coffee shop?" You can also check the news, schedule meetings and connect to your home for lights and garage doors and the like. Unlike Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it does not need a phone to work, but it does require a login.

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2. Wi-Fi For Entertainment And OTA Updates

Buyers can get a Wi-Fi hotspot in the Rangey, which they can use for Spotify and other apps, if they don't already have an unlimited Wi-Fi plan on their phone. Twin 11.4-inch displays are available for the rear, with HDMI ports for each. When connected to Wi-Fi they can act as smart TVs with Netflix, Hulu, and the rest.

It has an embedded 4G system that provides data for the Connected Navigation and software updates, even if drivers leave their phone at home. Speaking of updates the Range Rover has a total of 69 individual electronic control modules - more than on any previous model - that can be updated, without having to visit a dealership.

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3. Land Rover's Most Advanced Lights Yet

The lights are technically outside of the cabin, but since they're not engine related, we'll cover them here, because they are impressive. The new digital LED headlights have a range of about 1,500 feet and encompass daytime running lights, the animated turn signals, adaptive front lighting and image projection, "making them the most advanced headlights ever fitted to a Land Rover." Each headlight houses 1.2 million controllable mirrors that can "intelligently case up to 16 shadows in the path of the vehicle to prevent dazzling other road users."

It also has a system called eHorizon, which uses navigation data to adjust the headlights to corners and junctions, according to Land Rover. It uses data from the speedometer and yaw and steering sensors to tailor the beam to the situation. Obviously high beams are automatic. Around back, the taillights are hidden under gloss black until they're lit. Low-speed maneuvering lights click on under 10 mph to help you park while using the 360-degree camera.

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4. Cameras For Mirrors, Cameras For Everything

One of the coolest features off the bat is a rearview mirror camera. No, not a reverse camera, but a camera in place of the rearview mirror, when you want it. The tech will ease reversing when the cargo area is stuffed or the back seats are occupied. It turns the mirror into a screen displaying a 50-degree horizontal and 9.8-degree vertical view sans interruption. Want to converse with those in the back? At the touch of a button, the mirror acts as a mirror, letting you see whoever, or whatever, is in the back seats.

Another piece of tech, which land Rover has touted for a while, is Clear Sight Ground View. Using the front-mounted camera of the 360-degree view system, it's able to project a display on the infotainment screen of the terrain underneath the front of the car, enabling you to traverse rocks and holes in the trail. The system can be used on the street to avoid curbs in tight parking spaces, too.

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5. Remote Park Assist

You get park assist and then you get Land Rover's Remote Park Assist. Using all the cameras, sensors, and all sorts of other data, the new Range Rover let's you pull up to a spot, get out, and the car will park for you. Of course, there's the basic self-parking functionality engaged via the in-car Pivi Pro infotainment screen, but you can also, as the name suggests, perform the task remotely via a smartphone app. The system effectively turns the Range Rover into a giant remote control car, using its 12 sensors and four cameras to navigate into the space, provided you stay within 10 feet or so, it'll handle the rest.

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6. Advanced Driver Assistance

There's more too, we didn't even cover the driver assistance systems, which now include Rear Collision Monitor with Occupant Protection Assist. Those systems look for dangers and prime the cabin if a crash is imminent by tightening the belts and moving the seats. Those two join Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist, Driver Condition Response, Blind Spot Assist, and Rear Traffic Monitor as standard.

As impressive as the Range Rover is visually, it's far more impressive technologically. But we're not surprised, people expect the same advancements in tech as they do in luxury and performance. We're not sure where the end of this advancement might be, but we're happy to take the ride.

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