Sometime in the future, your Jaguar automobile may just read your mind and respond instantly to your wishes, whether it is playing your favorite music or safely turning at precisely the right place and time.
For now, though, the latest innovation from Jaguar is another exciting step toward the full integration of driver and machine.
Jaguar, in partnership with Research in Motion (RIM), DENSO and RealVNC, has announced Connect and View™, which takes the integration of mobile phone and vehicle infotainment systems to the next level.
Connect and View was unveiled to great acclaim at the recent BlackBerry World™ 2011 conference, using a Jaguar XJ and a BlackBerry Torch™ for demonstration purposes. The new user interface projects the display of a BlackBerry smartphone onto the main touchscreen of a vehicle. It enables drivers to make and receive calls as usual on their smartphones, and it makes useful functions such as navigation and music easily accessible via the Jaguar’s large, eight-inch central touchscreen.
The Connect and View display on the vehicle’s touchscreen exactly mirrors the screen and functionality of the BlackBerry device itself, and offers softkeys for use in place of the BlackBerry device’s actual buttons. And Connect and View keeps your BlackBerry constantly charged.
For enhanced driver safety, Connect and View will only run approved apps, automatically blocking apps that may cause the driver to be distracted.
"We're proud to be a part of such innovation that has efficiency, convenience and clever integration at its core,” said Bob Joyce, Jaguar Land Rover Group Engineering Director. “The system will make a significant difference to the way our customers use the entertainment systems on our vehicles, as well as their smartphones."
Of course, it makes sense to demonstrate the latest advance in mobile-device vehicle integration on the Jaguar XJ. With its leading-edge technology and design, the XJ was recently named the 2011 Luxury Car of the Year by the International Car of the Year jury.
Keep an eye open for Connect and View, coming soon from Jaguar and Research in Motion.
* Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. Only use mobile phones and other devices, even with voice commands, when it is safe to do so.