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Just Drive and speak

Published:Sunday | February 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMChad Bryan
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Jaguar Land Rover is set to expand its in control system called Just Drive, which is intended to deliver on the long-promised idea of natural communication between driver and car.

According to research and development director at the company, Dr Wolfgang Epple, there is a push to take the in control system to the forefront of the industry.

"This moves the driver from the task-oriented, app-specific touch-based use of individual apps to full control of all aggregated app content through plain natural speech or a common touch interface," Epple is quoted as saying on Autoblog, a website targeting the automotive industry.

This app, developed by the Silicon Valley-based Cloud Car, joins with and will allow hands-free control of apps such as Spotify, Twitter, Yelp, Pandora, Stitcher, plus many others, by simply connecting the user's smartphone via USB connection.

"Our in control system already allows the driver to plug their smartphone into the vehicle and then safely control their apps through the vehicle's touch screen. The apps are enhanced for in-car use, so it is like having your smartphone installed in your dashboard," Epple added.

The driver simply speaks a command to send a tweet or SMS and the vehicle does the action required. The system even reads the message back to the driver to confirm what is being sent. The driver can also play songs through voice commands.

While currently limited to Apple users, and specifically IOS8 at that, Just Drive will be made available to Android users who drive Jaguar Land Rover vehicles later this year.