A New-and-Improved Uconnect Infotainment System is Coming Soon
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has always been lauded for having one of the most effective infotainment systems in the automotive world with one of the fastest input response times. Now that the automaker paired up with Android to advance its in-car technology, FCA has finally introduced the Uconnect 5 infotainment system. FCA is counting on the fact that the new infotainment system will help its brands keep up with the latest tech, and we’re not just talking about current technology — FCA is looking to the future.
Uconnect 5 allows users to personalize profiles for up to five drivers and offers an interface that takes better advantage of screen space thanks to “cards” that allow for quick access to existing media or phone contacts. In fact, Uconnect 5 will feature an unprecedented level of connectivity that can even order food or pre-authorize fuel as well. Nevertheless, the most important upgrades to the infotainment system lie beneath the surface, proof of the rapid evolution of car tech.
To begin with, FCA vehicle owners can expect over-the-air firmware updates so that the system is continuously improving. Unlike other rival brands, FCA owners won’t have to struggle to keep their cars updated. Besides that, FCA also announced that Uconnect 5 is five times faster than before, and can handle screens up to 12.3 inches at up to 15 megapixels — better resolution than 4K. Those drivers who rely on the Bluetooth voice command technology will be happy to learn that Uconnect 5 responds to natural voice commands with a “hey Chrysler” keyword, much like Apple’s “Hey Siri” response.
Uconnect 5 doesn’t only react to natural voice commands, it also features built-in Alexa support, along with support for pairing two phones at once and better compatibility with wireless versions of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Navigation is provided by TomTom and along with live traffic data. New features such as an EV charger display and other services such as over-the-air map updates, last-mile walking directions, and easier search parameters will also be part of Uconnect 5.
Uconnect 5 is supposed to be integrated into vehicles by late 2020, although FCA hasn’t announced what vehicles will be first. Regardless of what vehicles get first dibs, the new infotainment system will be a crucial improvement. With this latest feat, not only is FCA acknowledging that cars will be progressively connected in the very near future, but the automaker’s also showing the industry that it’s ready to transition to electric and hybrid vehicles, where a modern interface will be of the essence.
Even though Uconnect 5 is unavailable on FCA’s current lineup, that doesn’t mean that the existing technology is not up to par. FCA has often been lauded for its Uconnect infotainment system and its efforts to improve connectivity. Visit us at University Dodge and check out the 2020 models that FCA has to offer. Follow us on University Dodge social media to stay up to date with the latest news.
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