Chrysler Group's Uconnect Launches Industry-First Dealer-Activated
Factory-installed navigation system activated by dealer days,
weeks, months or years after vehicle purchase ? an industry-first
Accommodates voice commands for destination entry; responds with
turn-by-turn audio and visual cues
Eliminates dashboard clutter incurred with portable devices
Las Vegas, Nev , Dec 7, 2013 - The growing importance of navigation
systems is not lost on Chrysler Group. Accordingly, the company has
unleashed the power of its celebrated Uconnect system to accommodate
customers seeking a change in direction. In an industry-first,
Chrysler Group dealers can activate navigation functions in vehicles
equipped with certain Uconnect systems. Uconnect offers navigation
capability, but not all customers choose the option at the time of
"Sometimes customers don't realize what they want until they need
it," says Marios Zenios, Vice President- Uconnect Systems and
Services. "That's fine. We can help. With dealer-activated
navigation, we are adopting a 'no-customer-left-behind'
attitude." Dealer-activated navigation, featured here at the 2013
Consumer Electronics Show, makes its debut this year. It will be
initially available on the 2013 Ram 1500 full-size pickup, SRT Viper
and the 2014 Fiat 500L.
Because the necessary hardware already is resident in the vehicle,
dealer-activated navigation affords a major convenience over portable
devices, which create clutter and require charging or smartphone data
plans ? or both.
Dealer-activated navigation boasts the same map data as pre-ordered
Points of interest
In addition, dealer-activated navigation features turn-by-turn audio
instructions to further encourage drivers to keep their focus on the
task at hand ? driving. Dealer-activated navigation bodes particularly
well for used-car buyers, Zenios says.
Uconnect Access Via Mobile Amps Up Chrysler Group's In-Vehicle
Introducing Uconnect Access Via Mobile ? the upgradeable app
Delivers wide range of rich Internet radio content
Personalization capacity enhances vehicle ownership experience
Complements Chrysler Group's acclaimed Uconnect Access system
Las Vegas, Jan 7, 2013 - Chrysler Group is pumping up the volume for
2013 by adding Internet radio capability to its acclaimed Uconnect
Access suite of in-vehicle features. Introducing Uconnect Access Via
Mobile, which builds on the Uconnect brand's philosophy of sensible
connectivity management to accommodate in-vehicle enjoyment of popular
Internet Radio apps.
"The Uconnect team at Chrysler Group is committed to delivering
connectivity solutions that enable drivers to further enjoy the
in-vehicle experience without compromising the task at hand, which is
driving," says Marios Zenios, Vice President-Uconnect Systems and
Services. "Our introduction of Uconnect Access Via Mobile is
consistent with this goal."
Uconnect Access Via Mobile, featured here at the 2013 Consumer
Electronics Show, arrives this year. Vehicle applications will be
revealed closer to launch.
The new feature ? which accommodates updates ? integrates Aha, iHeart
Radio, Pandora Internet Radio or Slacker Radio apps with the vehicle's
Uconnect Access system. Content is streamed through the customer's
existing smartphone data plan, leveraging the high-quality sound
systems featured in all Chrysler Group vehicles equipped with Uconnect
Content personalization is easy. With Pandora, for instance, drivers
can register their preferences by hitting the app's familiar buttons ?
"thumbs up" or "thumbs down" ? which are displayed
on the touch screen.
Similarly, with Slacker Radio, favorites can be identified using the
"Heart" button. And tunes that try a customer's patience can
be blocked using the "Ban" button.
iHeartRadio users can personalize their listening experience by saving
their favorites in "My Stations" and using iHeartRadio's
exclusive Discovery Tuner to control variety.
In addition, steering-wheel controls enable song-skipping.
Apart from the functionality of Uconnect Access Via Mobile, the apps
themselves enrich the ownership experience by bringing into the
vehicle their own distinctive menus of information and entertainment:
Aha? by HARMAN
Aha makes it easy to instantly access more than 30,000 stations of
audio content including leading internet music services, internet
radio, news, entertainment, audiobooks, Facebook and Twitter
newsfeeds, customized "Hungry," and "Coffee,"
stations, weather and more. Aha continually adds and curates new
stations and content spanning from mainstream to niche. With so much
content to choose from, Aha offers something for everyone.
iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's all-in-one, digital music service is now
specifically designed for use in-vehicle with in-dash integration,
providing safe and easy access for users to listen to their favorite
stations from across the country as well as create their own custom
stations. With more than 15 million songs and the top live radio
stations in America, iHeartRadio features more music backed by better
music programming including the expertise of Clear Channel's leading
radio programmers to give users the best custom radio experience
Pandora gives people music they love anytime, anywhere. Personalized
radio stations launch instantly, with the input of a favorite artist,
song, comedian or musical genre. The Music Genome Project®, a deeply
detailed, hand-built musical taxonomy, powers the personalization of
Pandora by using musicological "DNA" and constant listener
feedback to craft personalized stations from a growing collection of
more than a million tracks.
Slacker is one of the most complete music service on Earth. Enjoy
millions of songs and hundreds of expertly-programmed stations on
demand, online, on mobile and now through Uconnect Access via Mobile.
Uconnect Access Via Mobile represents a significant enhancement to
Uconnect Access, a system already celebrated by industry watchers as
the benchmark for responsible in-vehicle connectivity.
Launched on the 2013 Ram 1500 full-size pickup and the SRT Viper
supercar, it features embedded wireless technology. The resulting
conveniences are empowering, from one-touch 9-1-1 calling to remote
The in-vehicle hands-free communication system affords fully
integrated cloud-based voice-recognition technology that enables Voice
Texting ? the transmission of original text messages via natural
speech ? via Bluetooth-equipped smartphones that use the
industry-standard Message Access Protocol (MAP).
The same capability also supports an upgraded navigation system that
accepts one-step voice-commands for destination entry, as well as
voice-driven Internet searching through which vehicle occupants can
locate points of interest. And once identified, a hands-free call can
be placed to the POI and/or the POI can be immediately input as a
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