Smartphone Dock Coming to the 2012 Jaguar

Posted by at 1:03 am on May 5, 2011

Jaguar’s flagship sedan, the 2012 XJ, will come with a smartphone dock that will show the phone’s screen on the car’s built-in navigation screen. Demonstrated at BlackBerry World in Orlando this week with a BlackBerry Torch, users will have the ability to control the phones with the car’s interface and not the phone’s. This includes contact info, music, GPS and more, but browsing the web will be locked out for safety reasons.

Multiple popular phones will be supported, such as Blackberries, iPhones and Android devices .

The Jaguar engineer in charge of the project also suggested users could use the car’s Dual View screen to allow the driver and passenger to see different things, but multitasking would have to be supported by the phone itself. The Dual View feature allows passengers to view movies from a car’s entertainment system, while the driver can see the navigation screen or other images on the screen. Passengers may also be able to connect their own phone in addition or instead of the driver’s.

Whether the dock will be standard equipment or an option has been disclosed. Nor has what Jaguar packages will sport the dock.

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