Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), a global automaker, has announced that its connected vehicle platform that delivers available advanced connectivity, entertainment, Navigation and communication features, Uconnect, is expanding its functionality outside of the vehicle itself.
The owner of brands, including Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep, Lancia, Ram and Maserati, announced that the new Uconnect 5 is more connected, helpful, content rich and adds greater personalization, making it the most advanced Uconnect system ever.
The advanced Uconnect 5 architecture is now scalable across all FCA brands. Additionally, Uconnect 5’s Android operating system lays a foundation, bringing access to a broad catalog of applications to answer the rapidly developing demand for an improved user experience (UX).
Some of the features of Uconnect, as mentioned by the company are:
Personalization: Uconnect 5 features several fully
customizable interfaces storing up to five different user profiles. Each
customer can build their own profile, featuring preferences for music and
vehicle operation. The system also connects vehicle-side systems to a driver’s
profile, such as temperature, seating position and mirror placement. Switching
between user profiles is simple and can be handled by a single touch.
User Experience (UX): Uconnect 5 provides an easy-to-use, intuitive and personalized experience for every customer.
Powerful Hardware: With upgraded hardware, the system processing power, reaction speed and memory have been enhanced to take advantage of the new Android operating system.
Alexa: Customers with Alexa-enabled devices at home can easily ask Alexa to start the car, lock/unlock doors and more.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto: It offers new conveniences, keeping customers engaged and informed all while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are currently available on more than 80 percent of FCA’s North American applications. Uconnect 5 will bring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to 100 percent of FCA’s North American offerings.
Voice Recognition: The embedded FCA voice recognition system has a new “wake up word” available that correlates to the brand of the vehicle: “Hey Chrysler, change the temperature to 70 degrees.” This feature eliminates the need to press a button to initiate the voice recognition system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also can be controlled via voice, engaged by pressing the voice recognition button.
Dual-phone Connectivity:It has ability to connect two Bluetooth phones simultaneously. Uconnect can manage input from two different devices with the ability to name one a priority over the other for various functions, including navigation, phone, music selection and text messages.
Navigation: The Uconnect built-in navigation now includes TomTom’s traffic, EV & connected services, giving drivers the latest information for a safer and smoother journey.
SiriusXM with 360L: It offers SiriusXM with 360L for a 12-month trial of the next-generation audio listening experience.
Services: Uconnect 5 uses a cloud-based platform to power
connectivity and deliver a full array of services, including the Uconnect
Market in-vehicle commerce platform.
Wi-Fi: 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is improved with a faster operating system.
Uconnect Mobile App: It allows use your smartphone to start your engine, lock or unlock your vehicle or receive a notification.
Eyes on the Road: To reduce distracted driving, voice control is improved with new microphone technology and placement. Upgraded software identifies more tone variation and recognizes commands versus background noise.
Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) Updates: Features work in harmony with the Vehicle Health Report and Vehicle Health Alert to provide the most up-to-date information. For some updates, FOTA will automatically load the improved software to the vehicle, seamlessly.