Chrysler to debut Uconnect Access service in the 2013 RAM 1500 and SRT Viper

Article by Christian A., on September 26, 2012

The new “Uconnect Access” service from Chrysler will debut in the 2013 RAM 1500 pickup truck and 2013 SRT Viper supercar. A free service trial will be offered to those who buy any of the two vehicles. The length of the trials will vary from six months to a full year depending on vehicle configuration. During the trial period, the drivers can experiment with Chrysler’s new system, which functions like GM’s OnStar service in several ways.

Buttons positioned under the rear-view mirror permit access. However, the system can’t work as concierge just like it does in General Motors’ cars. Rather, Uconnect Access makes use of a cloud-based technology to provide what Chrysler claims to be more natural voice-to-text service, better voice navigation commands and generally easier access to its features.

The incoming text messages can be read aloud by the system. WiFi is available to occupants on demand with daily, weekly and monthly rates. But then, these rates aren’t exactly cheap. One day of internet is priced at $15 while using it for one week costs $30. A subscription costs $50 each month. All subscriptions will be coursed through Chrysler’s partnership with wireless provider Sprint.

Notably, the system has also been designed to work with smartphones that generally have separate data plans that offer the same features. It won’t just offer entertainment and cellular connectivity. There’s access to emergency services from the second mirror-mounted button. Just like the OnStar, Uconnect agents will be present to remotely lock and unlock your car. The driver can do this using a PIN-protected smartphone app.

The brand-new 2013 SRT Viper premiered at the 2012 International Auto Show in New York. This marks its most awaited come-back to the market of high-performing sports cars.

SRT Viper is the fifth generation of the American-built supercar with an iconic two-seat. It has been intentionally evolved to integrate a number of the latest technologies, ergonomic improvements and superior craftsmanship while keeping its visceral legacy of superior performance.

Chrysler Group LLC, Street and Racing Technology Brand and Motorsports, President and CEO, Ralph Gilles said their team is extremely proud that their leading supercar is back on track after an unpleasant period of uncertainty. Aside from being the leading supercar for the latest SRT brand, the premiere of the 2013 Viper shows the strong will of the special performance enthusiasts group inside the company and across the Viper Nation to work together for the performance icon to live on.

Under the company’s new leadership, the team was challenged to develop a world-class supercar exhibiting the very best the company can offer while maintaining the legendary Viper.

Two new models for any performance buyer

Two latest models of supercar icon will be hand-built in Detroit at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant. Both SRT Viper GTS and SRT Viper models showcase all-new interior and exterior designs integrating premium components. Its new exterior surfaces have details that are aerodynamically functional and tastefully incorporated into the aluminum skin and high-tech carbon fiber.

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