Chrysler Updates Uconnect Infotainment System

Chrysler Uconnect Infotainment System

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the largest and most futuristic technology shows around, and where a relative who’s who of company’s showcase their latest and greatest masterpieces. As automakers continue to develop apps and develop greater connectivity and technology for their vehicles, Chrysler has announced they will debut changes they have made to their Uconnect system at this years CES.

They are planning on rolling out a slew of upgrades to the system which include; new radio app integration, new Uconnect Access functionality with built-in Spring powered internet access, and upgradeable Navigation system.

It’s no secret that Chrylser’s touch-screen Uconnect interface is already one of the best in the business, but today’s marketplace doesn’t tolerate complacency. The system is entering second generation and plans to add optional built-in wireless connectivity and has already debuted in the 2013 Ram 1500. The plan is to integrate internet-radio apps for the Uconnect for users to operate phone-based apps like Aha, Pandora, Slacker Radio, and iHeartRadio via the in-car touch-screen controls.

Chrysler Uconnect Dealer Activated Navigation System

Furthermore, Chrysler plans to upgrade the Navigation functionality of the system. The announcement is that Chrysler will enable dealers to activate Navigation in vehicles that were purchased without the feature. The navigation feature for the Uconnect system, much like Ford’s MyFord Touch and Chevrolet’s MyLink, is software based. Every system has the hardware to support Navigation, however, buyers often times have to dish out some extra dough to activate the feature. This will allow buyers who couldn’t afford or didn’t want the feature initially to purchase it at a later date.

The downfall to this announcement is that the feature will only be available for the Ram 1500, SRT Viper and future 2014 Fiat 500L. The ability to activate navigation will be available later this year and pricing for the update will be announced closer to the rollout.

GM Opens Infotainment System to App Developers

Chevrolet MyLink Infotainment System

As each Auto Manufacturer continues to push the envelope and develop new and exciting features for their vehicles, GM has recently announced that they will open their Infotainment API up to developers to create vehicle specific apps.

Ford has recently done something similar by opening their AppLink to developers that stems from mobile-based apps that Sync with it’s infotainment system, GM has taken it a step further by opening their entire infotainment system to developers. What this means is that developers will be able to produce apps that might not necessarily require a mobile device to operate. GM will offer developers a kit to help them get started and give them the access codes to their system.

Of course, each brand has different names for their systems and they are as follows; Chevrolet is called MyLink, Buick and GMC is IntelliLink, and Cadillac’s is called CUE. The play here is to create more auto-specific apps that drivers will be able to download periodically in an effort to keep the infotainment system fresh over the years so it doesn’t feel like the system dates as quickly.

At CES, GM will be showing off their next-gen Chevy MyLink system with four prototype apps that have been developed with potential partners. The apps include iHeartRadio, Slacker, The Weather Channel, and TuneIn.

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