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Jaguar XE to get clever smartphone integration

Jaguar announces clever in-car technology and safety systems to debut on the new Jaguar XE which makes its public debut on September 8 in London.

LIKE MANY OTHER makers at the moment, Jaguar is drip-feeding information on its new car, the XE, and in its latest release, claims its new in-car infotainment system will help reduce driver distraction.

Based around an eight-inch touchscreen, Jaguar says, users will have clear and easy access to all “features and functions, and voice control using plain speech means that drivers can keep their eyes on the road at all times”.

“In-car technologies in this ever-more connected and fast-paced world are an integral part of your driving experience. With the all-new XE we’re introducing an entire suite of cutting-edge driver aids and entertainment systems. Designed and developed from scratch, they will ensure that every journey you take is simpler, more relaxing, safer, and effortlessly enjoyable,” says Dr Mike Bell, Jaguar’s Global Connected Car Director.

Like Volvo’s new in-car infotainment system which makes its debut on the XC90, Jaguar’s XE will allow users of both iOS and Android smartphones to connect to the car, via its InControl remote, wherever they are and control a range of vehicle functions. These include seven-day timed pre-setting of the XE’s climate control system, locking or unlocking the doors, or starting the engine.

Jaguar says its InControl Apps “allow users to seamlessly access smartphone apps through the vehicle’s touchscreen, making it easy to do everything from make a conference call, find a parking space or book a hotel room. The XE also functions as a Wi-Fi hotspot, enabling multiple devices to connect to the internet – the vehicle antenna provides the best possible signal”.

A number of new safety systems for Jaguar Land Rover will make their debut on the XE, including: the laser head-up display (HUD) is, Jaguar says, an industry-first. “Projecting sharp, high-contrast colour images onto the windscreen, the technology provides the driver with information such as speed and navigation instructions with maximum clarity and minimum distraction. As well as better image quality, the laser HUD is smaller and almost a third lighter than existing systems”.

The Jaguar XE makes its world debut on September 8 in London.

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