updated 04:40 pm EDT, Wed May 4, 2011
Jaguar to put smartphone dock into 2012 XJ
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, Pocket-Lint learned. 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, which likely means iPhones and Android devices will be compatible.
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, though 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 isn't being revealed. What, if any other Jaguars will also get the dock remains to be seen.