Jaguar Aims To Go Beyond InControl Touch Pro With Future Connectivity System | Edmunds

Jaguar Aims To Go Beyond InControl Touch Pro With Future Connectivity System

NEW YORK — Car buyers are just beginning to get acquainted with the new InControl Touch Pro infotainment system in the 2016 Jaguar XF midsize sedan due to arrive at Jaguar dealerships in winter 2015.

But Jaguar Land Rover says it's going to up the ante even further with an ambitious project to develop future infotainment technologies.

The new InControl Touch Pro targets the high-end infotainment systems in the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

The 2016 XF is the first Jaguar to feature InControl Touch Pro, which is the automaker's "most connected" infotainment system and 10 times faster than the system it replaces.

The system features a 10.2-inch touchscreen and skips buttons in favor of controls that are integrated into the bottom of the touchscreen.

"Jaguar InControl Touch Pro is the most sophisticated infotainment system we've ever developed and uses a quad-core processor, solid-state driver and Ethernet to deliver exceptional performance," said Ian Hoban, Jaguar XF vehicle line director, in a statement.

Thanks to the new system, the 2016 XF can send your estimated time of arrival to a friend. The car will then automatically keep the contact updated with progress reports via SMS or short-message service should traffic conditions change and delay the trip.

The new initiative, dubbed "Innovation Incubator," is designed to encourage and support new software-based automotive technologies that are being developed by U.S. technology start-ups. Innovation Incubator will be launched in Portland, Oregon in May with an outreach program to U.S. universities.

Jaguar Land Rover said it will select around 120 start-up companies to work with over the next decade.

"We want to cast a wide net and invite technology start-ups to pitch us their ideas, rather like TV's Shark Tank or Dragon's Den," said Nick Rogers, Jaguar Land Rover engineering director, in a statement. "If we think they've got something innovative that could enhance the experience customers have in our vehicles, we want to support them and help develop their ideas."

Edmunds says: Jaguar Land Rover isn't resting on its laurels, even with the impressive new infotainment system in the 2016 Jaguar XF. Car shoppers have even more goodies to look forward to in the future.

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