US: Chrysler launches ‘UConnect Access’ telematics platform with apps

At the New York Auto Show, the Chrysler Group launched its ‘UConnect Access’ telematics platform, showcased on the 2013 Ram 1500 and the SRT Viper vehicles.

Chrysler is positioning Uconnect Access as a powerful platform that provides multiple ways to connect.

The Uconnect Media Centers R3 and R4 (on the Ram 1500) provide a built-in cellular connection so vehicle occupants are automatically connected to a variety of new services and the internet with WiFi hotspot capability. The new Uconnect Media Centers provide a direct connection to emergency services when the new 911 button found on the rearview mirror is pushed.

Customers also will automatically receive regular vehicle health reports and be able to remotely lock or unlock truck doors, start the vehicle, and flash lights from any distance via the web or a smartphone application.

Owners will be able to access select, certified in-vehicle applications. Driving-relevant applications will be introduced over time and are designed specifically for in-vehicle use. The certified applications are easily controlled with natural voice recognition or steering wheel controls to keep drivers focused on the road.

Applications are updatable over the air and are downloaded directly to the Uconnect Media Center, so features remain current. Owners will be able to continually evolve their in-vehicle connectivity experience by downloading app updates or new applications as they become available directly to the Uconnect Media Center from inside the car, via the 8.4-inch touchscreen.

In addition to HD Radio, customers also will have access to SiriusXM satellite radio, handsfree mobile phone operation, handsfree navigation, handsfree texting with compatible phones and handsfree control of music.

Also enhancing driver convenience, Uconnect features one-step voice command of navigation, the ability to check real-time fuel prices and listen and respond to text messages, combined with familiar knobs for climate and comfort controls.

Note: Sprint is the strategic wireless partner for the Uconnect Access system.

Source: Chrysler.

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