Chrysler Uconnect: 2013 CES
  • Chrysler Uconnect: 2013 CES
  • dealer-activated navigation

  • Chrysler Uconnect: 2013 CES
  • Uconnect Access via Mobile

Get in just about any mid-level Chrysler product these days, and you'll see a touchscreen head unit that would be perfect for a navigation system. The only thing is that some of these cars equipped with the head unit for Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system were not optioned up with navigation at the time of purchase, leaving drivers looking for turn-by-turn directions relying on either an aftermarket nav system or a smartphone. Starting on select new Chrysler products, however, customers with Uconnect will now be able to upgrade to navigation as a dealer-activated option.

Announced at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, this new element of Uconnect will allow owners to have an in-dash navigation system installed quickly and easily; Chrysler said that this will be a major benefit for used-car buyers. Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like this system will be retroactive on previous Uconnect head units, but it will launch this year on the 2013 Ram 1500, 2013 SRT Viper and the 2014 Fiat 500L. Chrysler did not announce the expected MSRP to have dealers activate the navigation capabilities.

Another infotainment option for Chrysler buyers is the Uconnect Access system that can allow WiFi, voice text messaging, emergency assistance, remote vehicle operation (such as starting the engine or locking/unlocking the doors) and limited POI searches using Bing. Also introduced at CES, the new Uconnect Access via Mobile system builds on this by allowing users to add in-car apps such as iHeart Radio, Pandora and Slacker by connecting to the system via a smartphone. This system will first be offered on the 2013 Ram and Viper.

For more information about Chrysler's Uconnect system announced at CES, check out the press release posted after the jump.
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Chrysler Group's Uconnect Launches Industry-First Dealer-Activated Navigation System
  • 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 sale.

"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 systems, including:
  • Points of interest
  • Junction views
  • Lane guidance
  • Speed-limit information
  • Intersection zoom
  • Trip programming

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.

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Uconnect Access Via Mobile Amps Up Chrysler Group's In-Vehicle Connectivity
  • Introducing Uconnect Access Via Mobile – the upgradeable app enabler
  • 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 Access.

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
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 available.

Pandora®
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
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 doorlocking/unlocking.

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 nav-system destination.


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      Al Martinez
      • 5 Months Ago

      When is chrysler going to fix the issue of hands free txt not functioning on the uconnect 8.4N? I purchased my 2013 Chrysler 300 in part because of this bosted technology and it no longer supports mine or 98% of the phones available today...is there any talk of an upgrade that will address this?

      Shinkaze
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just bought a brand new Chrysler product with a Uconnect NAV. Worst UX design work imaginable. Terrible choice of colors, terrible looking fonts, terrible information architecture, ugh. Please hire a UX designer to fix this.
        CEC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shinkaze
        What did you buy? Depending on what you bought, it might be the old Daimler developed product. The 430N and the 8.4N head units use Garmin software. Can't blame Chrysler for not changing licensed software, especially when that software has sold millions of copies.
      whofan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why don`t any of the automotive companys partner up with Garmin for a navigation system. I think a Garmin app for the touch screen would be great.
        Dustin Pedley
        • 2 Years Ago
        @whofan
        Use a 430 nav system. Its exactly the garmin interface.
        CEC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @whofan
        Chrysler does use Garmin for their GPS.
        omgcool
        • 2 Years Ago
        @whofan
        Funny you should ask here because Chrysler and Garmin partnered up for these (and some previous models too). They're supposed to be some of the better navigation systems in vehicles. Especially the Uconnect ones.
      Duck
      • 2 Years Ago
      I absolutely abhor the uconnect in our 2010 Dodge Ram. I wonder if these new headunits are considerably improved, and if it'd be a direct swap in like one does aftermarket head units. Hmmm....
        CEC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Duck
        If you are asking if the new 8.4 will swap into the 2009-2012 MY Rams, no it will not. The 2013s use a completely new "PowerNet" wiring architecture.
      TrueDat
      • 2 Years Ago
      i'm sorry, but that looks absolutely terrible. when it comes to NAV, presentation is as much important as accuracy and presicion, as far as i'm concerned. I can get a $200 Garmin that looks nice than this...
        Dustin Pedley
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TrueDat
        it is much cleaner in person. I think the image was sized wrong. I have it on my truck and its just as nice if not nicer than most of the portable units out there.
        CEC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TrueDat
        This is Garmin software, and like Dustin said, the image must be sized wrong because the 8.4 screen are very clear.
      Thipps
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a 2013 wrangler unlimited sahara and it doesn't have this :(
      Jobu
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, I'm guessing this is the way it's going to work for all manufacturers as time goes on. The touch screen should be nothing more that a display ready for whatever your car's head unit and your smartphone need to display. I would prefer this over CUE, COMMAND and all of the other car makers trying to decide what interface experience you should like the most.
        Tom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jobu
        So, would that also mean what this implies: That every trim level would be capable of every feature, but you'd have to pay to "activate" the features already equipped on your car?
          Jobu
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tom
          No, I mean car makers need to take themselves out of the driving software content delivery business and leave it up to innovators like Pandora, TomTom, and who knows who else will come along and control the look feel of your display. Of course the car companies will be reluctant to give up this revenue generating setup, but in the end it will be best left up to the software makers and the consumers to decide which is best. To illustrate the point, is there ANY car based Nav system as elegant, capable, or effective as a good aftermarket Nav device? Not even close. What I'm driving for is for cars to provide nice displays with touch sensitivity along with some on board DIC type of information and leave the content/services/look and feel up to the owner of the car. Infinitely more customization, easier (and cheaper) to update, and thus more attractive to the consumer. Let the car makers focus on reliability, driving qualities, and so on to differentiate their products.
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