RealVNC, creators of smartphone-integrated infotainment systems for cars, has announced that they will be supplying Jaguar and Land Rover with their Connect and View infotainment systems. The Connect and View system can be connected to a BlackBerry smartphone to replace the infotainment system’s in-dash screen.
This means that supported apps such as navigation and music apps can be run on the system, making it an extension of the BlackBerry device. This system has already been in place for vehicles by GM, Toyota and BMW, and it looks like it’s headed to Jaguar and Land Rover as well. Jaguar mentioned that their system will permit more functionality than has been seen in the market, but wouldn’t elaborate on what these extras would be. BMW is the only manufacturer that allows BlackBerry email integration with the system.
The 2012 model Jaguar XJs and Range Rovers will be the first vehicles to receive Connect and View. While the Connect and View was designed to work with multiple smartphones, car manufacturers ultimately determine what will work with the system, and in Jaguar’s case it’s going to be BlackBerry-only. I guess this will give BlackBerry users an incentive to buy a Jaguar or vice-versa.
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