• Aug 9th 2009 at 1:47PM
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There's a lot to love about the all-new Jaguar XJ, but if the slick dual-view console screen system was one of the elements that caught your attention amidst the big cat's debut, you may be in for a disappointment. With the dual-view system, Jaguar devised a way to let the passenger watch a movie, for instance, while the driver sees the navigation system. The idea is to keep the passenger entertained without distracting the driver, offering up the best of both worlds. Problem is, it may be illegal in the United States.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration currently prohibits the display of entertainment in the center console. The idea is that it would distract the driver, and they're right. However while the XJ's display may be "technically illegal", as Jaguar's noted designer Ian Callum admits – that is, by the letter of the law – the whole point of the system is that it removes the distraction from the driver's eyesight, thereby complying with the spirit of the law. Whether the NHTSA will change the regulations to allow the system, however, remains to be seen. Think they ought to let this one pass, or is the law the law and that's that? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The law would make more sense if it specified entertainment systems where the driver would be included in the audience. That way you can put a video screen anywhere, as long as it wouldn't cater to the driver.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not really new news, both Mercedes & Land Rover are using and have shown the technology months ago and both have said it's not yet legal in the U.S.

      In an Autoweek article a Mercedes exec said they are working with regulators and hope to see it available here by the end of the year.

      Is this just Jaguar PR looking for headlines?
      • 6 Years Ago
      the law has to be a bit flexible for this one surely! otherwise what is the incentive to innovate.. clearly the driver wouldnt be distracted by the screen unless he is an idiot and decides to bend over and peek from the other side of the screen.. i dont think the average jag driver would be that flexible with their body anyways!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I see no problem with the technology being available in the Jaguar. Regulations need to be adjusted for technology.

      Besides even IF the driver could watch a movie, they're probably too busy texting, talking on the phone and eating a Whopper while driving. Who'd be able to see the movie?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here's an idea...

      Hidden menu that enables it, tell the dealers about it, disable it from the factory.

      • 6 Years Ago
      They technically won't meet CAFE either, but got a pass.

      The elites need their toys and who are we to interfere with equal application of the rules.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cars are starting to resemble homes nowadays.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I always thought playing a movie on the center DVD navigation would be awesome, only put some firmware in there to only allow the movie to be played when the vehicle is in PARK mode.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This should be allowed. In fact, there should be no laws banning entertainment in the center console while driving. Plenty of people find the hacks and watch movies while driving anyways.
        • 6 Years Ago
        concealed weapons should be allowed also, plenty of people saw the barrels off their shotguns anyways.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw one of these displays during a paid auto consumer preference study. The driver can NOT see the screen, even if he/she leans over. You have to be in the eye line of where the passenger sits to see it. Pretty neat actually.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Stupid, stupid stupid. We can't rewrite every regulation for new technology, otherwise what's the point? Is your life so compounded that you need to watch a movie in your car instead of either having a conversation with the driver to keep them alert/interested, or that you have absolutely zero interest as to what's on the road so you might as well watch a movie? This is ridiculous! For kids in the back I can understand - vans and some SUV's have rear fold-down screen(s) with wireless headsets so kids can be entertained, but why does the driver/passenger need to watch a movie? Is the real world out the front window so sickeningly boring? Our culture is so cracked out on technology, this law meant to 'maintain driver focus' is the only thing at least limiting manufacturers from making cars into mobile home theaters.
        • 6 Years Ago
        For those that defend the system is only viewable by the driver, where is this coming from? From every photo in the Autoblog gallery of the XJ, the entire screen is clearly visible to both driver and passenger.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You obviously were too lazy to read the text eh?

      For F--'s sake what is wrong with you folks?

      The entertainment content is ONLY VIEWABLE BY PASSENGERS - IT REMAINS INVISIBLE TO THE DRIVER ! what don't you get about it? what don't you understand numbnuts?
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