• Jan 13th 2009 at 10:01AM
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On our final night in Vegas, Hughes Telematics invited us over to talk about their work in... well... telematics. Among their demo vehicles was a Dodge Journey outfitted with what is essentially Chrysler's version of OnStar. The Journey will be Chrysler's first product with the service and should be available this summer.

We're not certain what name the new service will get, but it essentially offers the same basic services General Motors' vehciles have. Press a button on the rearview mirror and talk with an assistant at Hughes' own call center to unlock doors and provide directions. The system will also alert rescue agencies of an crash.

Pricing and exact date of availability are both unknown. Hughes reps said that their company is in talks with Chrysler to develop much more elaborate systems with many more features, some of which we were able to check out. We'll be able to post more on that later. But until then you can refresh on what Hughes Telematics told us at CES 2008.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I feel that Chrysler has definitely stepped up their game. Their body styles are more desirable, and overall they are making quality vehicles. I have rode in the Journey and thought it was very spacious and comfortable. I liked the windshield being out farther. I didn't feel so boxed in. You can find pictures and reviews about the Journey at http://www.autotropolis.com/Dodge/Journey/research.html
      • 6 Years Ago
      Today is the last day!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does the Journey have a Saab-like look to it to anyone else?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nope, it's just you....

        I hope this is rolled out in conjunction with the interior upgrade.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      and the march of Big Brother continues....

      Sorry, i don't want factory installed tracking devices tied into government 911 systems.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I expect they are reviewing all the interiors for improvement and the Journey would be no exception. As far as this feature goes, I expect it would go under the "UConnect" naming umbrella. "UConnect Assistance" maybe?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I see nothing wrong with a blatant VW interior ripoff at this point in the game for Chrysler. Sure, a car may look nice from the outside, but I'm more concerned with what's in front of me while I'm behind the wheel.

        They're controls have always been pretty functional, just a big miss with the Journey.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it didn't have the dash of my 79 plymouth horizon, I would've been more interested, as it looks nice. Maybe Chrysler should take a cue from Subie and refresh interiors/options more quickly to retain interest (since Subie was one of two companies to post positive results last year ;)

      Also, sitting in one, you feel so far back (with the windshield so far out) compared to the new Forester and VW Tiguan. Both of which, while not the best or best looking SUVs make you feel more connected to the car, versus the 'driving a boat' feeling from giant windshield/dash area.
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