The first annual AOL Autos Technology of the Year Award has been won by Chrysler's upgraded UConnect system.

Over 35 entries were considered and narrowed down to six finalists in three categories: Connectivity, Telematics and Active Safety. The judges, which included editors from AOL Autos, Autoblog and Engadget, as well as a number of other auto and tech journalists and luminaries, chose UConnect over the MyFord Mobile app, Audi Connect with Google Maps, Cadillac CUE, Honda's LaneWatch technology and Nissan's Tire Pressure Alert and Refill System. Even readers who were polled on which technology should win chose UConnect.

AOL Autos Editor in Chief David Kiley remarked that Chrysler's UConnect deserved the first Technology of the Year Award not because of what it does, but for how UConnect performs every time it's used. Kiley went on to say UConnect works the way it's supposed to, fills a need and puts a smile on your face. By meeting those requirements, UConnect very much deserved AOL Auto's first Tech of the Year award.

Accepting the trophy was Marios Zenios, head of connectivity for Chrysler. The official announcement was made today, Wednesday, on the Engadget stage at CES in Las Vegas.


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      Jmaister
      • 1 Year Ago
      so who gets paid how much? awards these days are like "those" certifications, looks good for some, profitable for some.
      The Law
      • 1 Year Ago
      Those are some big pants.
      desinerd1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the direction in which these automakers are going, though I wish they would keep pace with the technology industry. I would like to see an open platform shared by all/most automakers. They can customize the appearance and features, but also let end users install and upgrade their own apps.
        ehisforadam
        • 1 Year Ago
        @desinerd1
        A common platform would be nice, but I can tell you automotive will never keep pace with the latest and greatest consumer electronics tech due to the length of product life cycles and the fact that everything has to work for 10 years and in far more extreme conditions.
      Jmaister
      • 1 Year Ago
      photographers are good at what they do. awards with audience, you wouldnt get two blokes standing on the stage only photo.
      Rich
      • 1 Year Ago
      So a unprofitable company gives its seal of approval to the bastard child of the auto industry? Sounds about right.
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
        desinerd1
        • 1 Year Ago
        Don't worry. It's not like you are even going to get any award.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Because AOL is the leading source of electronics advice in the world?
      Random
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, Chrysler won something, almost too good to be true.
      SublimeKnight
      • 1 Year Ago
      An AOL technology award is right up there with a McDonald's culinary award, Yugo craftsmanship award, and Hamas peace prize.
      Bryant
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wait, AOL still exists?!?
      Jeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      FAKE. This is a staged advert.
      Schobz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Doesn't AOL own auto blog? I see no disclaimers in this post.
        A P
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Schobz
        Of course they do........AOL/AB is a pathetic excuse for an auto blog. But a great example of the value in ad dollars resulting in sycophantic writing,
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