I-Pace receives connectivity revamp

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Jaguar has unveiled details of the revised I-Pace, which will be the first car from the manufacturer to feature its new Pivi Pro infotainment system. Tailored toward EV applications, it includes functionality such as dedicated guidance about charging station location and availability, cost, and estimated charge times.

The center piece of Pivi Pro is a 12.3in instrument cluster, augmented by two touchscreens, one 10in and one 5in. These are paired with haptic rotary controllers for function selection, which Jaguar says provide an intuitive user experience.

Like many manufacturers, Jaguar has drawn inspiration from contemporary smartphone technology, and as such, the system has been developed to provide the same speed of response as a top of the line phone. Similar thinking has been applied to the menu structure, with most regularly used functions accessible via a single operation. The company also said the time taken to set a navigation destination is halved compared with its older systems, while pan and pinch gestures, again familiar to phone users, can be used to move and zoom maps.

Connectivity is catered for with the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, while the Bluetooth system enables two phones to be paired simultaneously. The I-Pace will also feature a built-in modem, with customers given a complimentary 4G data plan. Additionally, a wireless charging pad is incorporated in the center console.

Beyond the infotainment system, further updates to the I-Pace include a surround camera system, which provides a 360° digital plan view of the surrounding area and potential hazards, visible through the central touchscreen. The rearview mirror also incorporates a digital screen, linked to a wide-angle rear camera, with drivers being able to switch between this and a standard mirror.

Finally, the climate control system has been updated, with cabin air ionization now featuring PM2.5 filtration to capture ultrafine airborne particles and allergens.

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