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The Land Rover Defender can now use what3words to navigation to precise locations around the world.
The Land Rover Defender can now use what3words to navigation to precise locations around the world.

Remote-area travellers taking their Land Rover Discovery or Defender out of phone-signal range needn’t worry about becoming lost in the middle of nowhere ever again. 

At least, that’s the kind of strife a new global location technology is aimed at solving – as well as helping its users find decent parking spots.

The “always-on, always-connected” system, what3words, has divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares, and each square has a what3words address: a unique combination of three words. 

It is claimed that new and existing customers will be able to navigate to any precise location in the world, using the appropriate three-word address – even in remote areas with no mobile connectivity. 

The software-over-the-air (SOTA) update is free to download and available to all new and existing Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles fitted with the Pivi Pro multimedia system.

James Scrimshaw, PR Manager for Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Australia, said what3words could help users navigate to a precise location “faster and more conveniently than ever using three words, whether finding the perfect place to explore off-road or locating a specific parking space, meeting point or site entrance”.

“The clever technology provides navigation in the remotest locations – even when no internet access is available. Using GPS location, the app’s compass mode will provide a direction and distance to your desired what3words address.

“Australian drivers of existing Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, updating the in-car Pivi Pro multimedia system via software-over-the-air (SOTA) will provide customers with the latest services, including what3words.

“Any new Jaguar Land Rover vehicle bought after April 2022 and fitted with the Pivi Pro multimedia system will automatically include what3words as an available feature.”

Marcus Craft
Contributing Journalist
Raised by dingoes and, later, nuns, Marcus (aka ‘Crafty’) had his first taste of adventure as a cheeky toddler on family 4WD trips to secret fishing spots near Bundaberg, Queensland. He has since worked as a journalist for more than 20 years in Australia, London and Cape Town and has been an automotive journalist for 18 years. This bloke has driven and camped throughout much of Australia – for work and play – and has written yarns for pretty much every mag you can think of. The former editor of 4X4 Australia magazine, Marcus is one of the country’s most respected vehicle reviewers and off-road adventure travel writers.
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