Jaguar Land Rover's tech incubator now includes Lisnr, a company devoted to using what it calls Smart Tones to transmit data using sounds that are outside the human register for hearing. A car equipped with this technology could theoretically communicate with a number of other devices equipped with the same tech, unbeknownst to the user himself.
Using a mobile app, folks can connect to a Jaguar Land Rover vehicle equipped with Smart Tone technology. The car could then tell who is located in the vehicle, down to the seat location, and adjust vehicle settings to individual user preferences. It could detect a driver and change radio favorites, or adjust the seat or climate control so that the driver doesn't have to, even if they weren't the last person to use the vehicle.
The tech can be used beyond climate control adjustments, though. The sound tones could be used to replace key fobs with the phone in a user's pocket. It could work with a drive-through to display the restaurant's menu on the infotainment system as the driver approaches the window, or even transmit the order to the restaurant, as well.
One could reasonably assume that Lisnr's Smart Tones don't exist within the register for a dog's hearing, because then you'd have a whole bunch of frustrated pet owners whose dogs are freaking out while seats are automatically adjusting themselves.
"We are looking for and investing in technologies that improve in-car connectivity and bring cars, devices and their users closer together," said Danielle Alexander, general manager of JLR's tech incubator, in a statement. "Lisnr is one of the most compelling technologies we've seen in this space, and we believe working with them will bring us closer to our goals of complete car and device connectivity."