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5 new technologies for the connected car

Full smartphone integration
Full smartphone integration

Full smartphone integration

It's dangerous (and in some places illegal) to touch your smartphone while driving, but sometimes you just need to ask Siri, "Where is the nearest gas station?" while you're navigating unfamiliar territory. Get ready for a proliferation of systems that allow you to better operate your smartphone hands-free.

Jaguar Land Rover, for example, has introduced justDrive, which turns apps and services from your smartphone into a voice-activated experience. As a result, rather than the driver having to rotate through apps to access different information, justDrive can seamlessly search your apps for you to find that gas station. All you have to do is ask.

JustDrive, a part of the automaker's in-car infotainment system, also will work for convenience features, such as sending a text or tweet through natural speech. You also can ask justDrive to play a specific song on your smartphone. The infotainment system is available on the 2015 Jaguar F-TYPE and all Land Rovers, but will be available on all the company's 2016 vehicles.

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