Chrysler Group Enlists Sprint for Strategic Wireless Partner Role
Enabling Uconnect Access
* Chrysler Group's Uconnect®Access is revolutionizing how we travel --
featuring simple, smart, next-generation in-vehicle services that
enhance convenience, productivity and entertainment.
* Sprint to provide wireless systems integration and telematics
expertise to Chrysler Group.
* Easy-to-use, easy-to-learn Uconnect Access features are available on
the 2013 Ram 1500 pickup and SRT Viper supercar.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), August 06, 2012 - Chrysler Group
LLC and Sprint (NYSE: S), recognized innovation leaders in the
automotive and wireless industries, have developed a new wireless
in-vehicle connectivity experience for the Ram 1500 pickup and SRT
Viper. The companies are evolving Uconnect to include a variety of
new, easy-to-use connected features and services that are designed to
help keep drivers focused on the primary driving task.
Enabling the Uconnect experience...
Chrysler Group has enlisted the network, systems integration and
consumer market expertise of Sprint in a strategic partnership
designed to seamlessly integrate wireless technology into Chrysler
Group's Uconnect Access in-vehicle communication system. The result is
an inspiring customer experience, with convenient features that make
travel productive and entertaining. For instance, on- and off-board
voice recognition technology makes the car smarter so drivers can use
their voice to easily compose text messages or enter destination
information into the navigation system in one step.
...with the Sprint Connected Vehicle Platform
The Uconnect Access platform uses the Sprint Connected Vehicle
Platform architecture and delivers built-in vehicle connectivity via
embedded wireless technology. Sprint Velocity for Vehicle
Manufacturers delivers a unique and customized end-to-end solution.
Based on a collaborative approach, Sprint Velocity's benefits include
reduced complexity and nimble technology updates, which help generate
greater customer loyalty.
Sprint also complements Chrysler Group's strong customer relationship
strategy with its own award-winning expertise in generating customer
satisfaction among consumers. Sprint is the No. 1-ranked major
wireless carrier for customer satisfaction in the 2012 American
Customer Satisfaction Index.
"Chrysler has chosen Sprint as the strategic partner to fulfill
the key role of systems integrator for Uconnect Access," said
Marios Zenios, Head of Uconnect Systems and Services, Chrysler Group
LLC. "Chrysler's goal is to continue enhancing the ease-of-use of
technology inside the car. Key factors in our decision to choose
Sprint included Sprint's best-in-class end-to-end telematics platform,
secure and reliable network, unparalleled relationships within the
telematics and broad Machine-to-Machine (M2M) ecosystem, and nimble
consumer market experience, including a deep understanding of how
customers experience and interact with wireless-based applications,
both in and out of the vehicle."
Matt Carter, president, Wholesale and Emerging Solutions ? Sprint,
added, "Chrysler and Sprint are pioneering an unprecedented level
of strategic collaboration, uniquely elevating the wireless provider's
role to end-to-end systems integrator. Sprint has broken out of the
industry norm and re-invented the enablement model for in-vehicle
connectivity. We are expanding the wireless core competency to include
integration of the complex components and partner ecosystem needed to
harness the full power of wireless technology inside the vehicle.
Sprint is proud to serve Chrysler Group as a trusted automotive
technology partner and to help create an exceptional experience for
James Brehm, senior strategist, Compass Intelligence, said, "The
strategic partnership with Chrysler Group puts Sprint in the spotlight
as a leader in providing end-to-end automotive connectivity and
telematics solutions. Sprint, with deep understanding of how consumers
communicate coupled with experience in providing telematics and mobile
resource management (MRM) solutions, is clearly demonstrating its
capacity to manage a complex ecosystem that meets exacting and
demanding requirements. The end result is a different kind of a
revolutionary driver and passenger connected experience through
Merging the consumer wireless experience into the vehicle
Today's smartphone and tablet users expect to carry a wealth of
wirelessly enabled lifestyle applications wherever they go, including
in the car. Delivered with convenience features such as hands-free
calling and voice command, Uconnect Access expands the in-vehicle
experience to include a variety of features and services that will
keep drivers focused on driving. For example, drivers can wirelessly
stream the Internet, or play music from their MP3, while passengers
can simultaneously connect laptops, tablets or smartphones via the
vehicle's WiFi hot spot.
Driver experience enhanced with telematics
Chrysler Group and Sprint share a commitment to technology that
promotes driver focus. For example, Uconnect helps drivers maintain
focus by using Bluetooth®-equipped mobile phones for hands-free
calling and texting. Uconnect Access also includes other features to
manage in-vehicle connectivity, such as one-touch 9-1-1 calling,
roadside or vehicle assistance.
Sprint's deep supplier ecosystem enables system integration
Uconnect Access draws on a wide field of suppliers with the proven,
specialized expertise needed to support its varied components. As the
system integrator for Uconnect Access, Sprint is leveraging its
extensive and multi-faceted ecosystem to identify and integrate the
best service and application providers. Accessibility to this wide net
of potential suppliers also helps facilitate the discovery and
development of innovative new features for consumers.
Flexible network platform ensures a reliable in-vehicle experience
Sprint's secure network ensures accurate and reliable connectivity for
an expansive range of telematics applications, including the ability
to lock or unlock your vehicle, and to access a 9-1-1 or roadside
assistance operator at the push of a button. To ensure that the
growing demand for telematics and other advanced solutions will be
met, Sprint has embarked on Network Vision, a multiyear network
initiative designed to enhance customers' experience with faster data
speeds, improved voice quality and easier connectivity.
Uconnect Access with enhanced connected services just around the
Chrysler Group has announced that Uconnect Access will be available in
the re-designed 2013 Ram 1500 pickup and the all-new SRT Viper
supercar. The vehicles will include a range of new connected features
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