- Jaguar's newest SUV is its first all-electric model, the I-PACE.
- The I-PACE features sophisticated software, and Jaguar has also developed a "skill" that lets users talk to their cars through any Alexa-enabled device.
Jaguar showed off its first all-electric vehicle today, a SUV called the I-PACE, designed to rival Tesla's Model X and forthcoming electric vehicles like the Audi E-Tron.
The company, which is owned by Tata Motors, infused its I-PACE with more than a unique battery pack. The I-PACE will be the first of Jaguar's cars that can receive "over-the-air" software updates.
Additionally, Jaguar has created an Alexa skill that works in conjunction with its "Jaguar InControl Remote App" for the I-PACE.
The skill lets drivers check their vehicles remotely, just by asking an Echo, or any other Alexa-enabled device, what's happening while they're away. Is the car locked? Fully charged? Where did I park it? Where's the nearest charging station?
In a livestreamed demo on Thursday, Jaguar showed users asking if their car had enough of a charge to get to the office.
Toyota, Lexus and other automakers have integrated Alexa into their vehicles on-board software, as well.