Published: October 21, 2014 | Overland Park, KA
Sprint has been awarded the 2013 Chrysler Group Supplier of the Year Award for extraordinary performance through Sprint Velocity Connected Vehicle Platform to enable the next generation Uconnect infotainment system. The award was presented during the 4th Annual Strategy Meeting and Supplier Awards Event in Auburn Hills, MI, USA.
Sprint’s lined up Chrysler as its first partner. However, Sprint aimed to infiltrate the rest of Chrysler’s line-up and form partnerships with other automakers. What Velocity provides to automakers is the core technology on which to build infotainment and telematic systems. That includes remote locking and unlocking, vehicle start, 911 assist and creating a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot through an embedded modem or a tethered smartphone with a data connection. Infotainment and streaming music also is part of the puzzle, along with cloud-connected voice-activated controls for everything from navigation to texting. Sprint Velocity is device-agnostic, although only two mobile operating systems came up during our conversation: iOS and Android.
“With Sprint’s best-in-class, end-to-end telematics platform, and its secure, reliable network, we can continue our goal to enhance the ease-of-use of technology inside our vehicles and to help create an exceptional experience for our Chrysler Group customers.”
–Al Amici, head of Global Uconnect System and Services, Chrysler Group LLC.
In 2009, the Chrysler Group placed a renewed emphasis on strengthening its supplier relationships. The company now interacts with its suppliers during several events throughout the year like supplier town hall forums, focused supplier advisory councils and surveys of the supplier base to build relationships between the Chrysler Group and its suppliers. There has also been an increased focus on collaboration to help drive innovation and the inclusion of supplier-created ideas and technology. This process is designed to increase the value of the components and improve the overall working relationship between the Chrysler Group and its suppliers.