Jaguar recently announced the upcoming launch of its new XE InControl, which according to the carmaker, will be “equipped with a wide range of state-of-the art technologies designed to make every journey an even more enjoyable experience.” Centered around an 8-inch touchscreen, the XE InControl system provides a clear, intuitive user interface for a number of features and functions. In addition, the system features voice control using plain speech — meaning 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,” explained Dr. Mike Bell, Jaguar’s Global Connected Car Director.
“Smartphones are changing the way people interact with the world around them,” Jaguar writes. “The new XE ensures that drivers stay connected.” The InControl Remote allows iOS and Android smartphone users the ability to connect to their vehicle from wherever they are and control a range of vehicle functions, including seven-day timed pre-setting of the XE’s climate control system, locking or unlocking the doors, or starting the engine.
Additionally, XE InControl enables drivers to access their smartphone’s apps via the touchscreen; in other words, the system provides users the ability to do everything from make a conference call or find a parking space to make reservations or locate the nearest gas station. The XE also functions as a Wi-Fi hotspot, enabling multiple devices to connect to the Internet, with the vehicle antenna serving as the best possible signal.
As we’ve previously discussed on Bits & Pieces, there are quite a number of IoT opportunities on the automotive horizon for MCU makers like Atmel. From touch technology and rear seat entertainment to keyless entry and in-vehicle networking, a number of car manufacturers are finding new ways to embed next-gen technologies into their vehicles, as demonstrated by Jaguar’s latest system.
“The sophistication of the infotainment system is matched by the array of advanced driver assistance systems available in the new XE: the laser head-up display (HUD) is an industry-first. Projecting sharp, high-contrast color 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.”
For those interested in the Jaguar XE, you’ll have to wait until its world premiere on September 8th. Until then, you can get a sneak peak via the video below.
“Today’s drivers are demanding richer user experiences in the automobile, similar to smart devices in the consumer market,” Atmel Marketing Director Stephan Thaler shared at CES earlier this year. “This includes capactive touchscreens, curved form factors, personalized color schemes and navigation menus via touch buttons and sliders. AvantCar addresses all these requirements with an advanced user interface in the center console to include [the latest] technologies.”