Jaguar has unveiled its new connected F-Pace at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month. The bespoke F-Pace, which is one of only two examples of the car in the US, features extra infotainment hardware from Intel and a bespoke graphical interface specially developed for CES. The car connects to an Intel gateway inside its owner’s house, allowing it to communicate with other connected devices. Examples of the car’s connected functionality include the ability to match the temperature for house and car, stream music from the same playlist and an alert if someone tries to access the boot of the F-Pace permitting a remote viewing of the car’s rear-facing camera. The new connected F-Pace can also warn drivers if they’ve left an item inside the house, even pinpointing their position t through a series of tags. When the car is started, the F-Pace can ask drivers if they’d like to set their connected home to ‘away mode’, which turns off electronic devices inside, such as TVs. The connected F-Pace is only a technology demonstrator for the moment. JLR’s director of future technology Matt Jones said of the development:
“Driver’s expectations for infotainment systems in the future are not based on traditional cars, they’re based on this. The technology almost comes second here, what comes first is the use case. What’s the frustrating thing that you can’t do in a vehicle at the moment? What would ultimately mean you’d never want to buy another vehicle without that technology again?”
Any future production version of Intel’s connected car technologies is likely to be based on Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl Touch platform.