Chrysler to equip some lower-trim models with Microsoft-based infotainment system

Article by Anita Panait, on May 31, 2013

Chrysler Group will be featuring a Microsoft-based infotainment system at some of its lower-trim vehicles. The Windows-based infotainment system will have the same name as Chrysler's QNX-based infotainment system – Uconnect – but will operate on a different manner with Microsoft software. QNX Software Systems provides nearly all the software and other technology for Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system.

This QNX-based infotainment system has received praises from critics for its ease of use, options and sophistication. The Windows-based infotainment system dubbed as Uconnect 5.0 was first installed in the Fiat 500L five-door hatchback in Europe in 2012. Uconnect 5.0 features a five-inch touch screen as well as support for multiple devices like smartphones, tablet computers and media players.

The Uconnect 5.0 installed in the Fiat 500L is capable of installing applications and services like Fiat's eco:Drive app, which provides engine and emissions data. Uconnect 5.0 infotainment system comes as standard in the 500L, which will be rolled out in the United States this summer.

Chrysler is now installing the Uconnect 5.0 infotainment system on lower-trim versions of the 2013 Ram 1500. Microsoft has said that the same system will be installed in Chrysler’s future products. A spokesman for Chrysler, however, said that the carmaker Chrysler is happy with its current QNX-based Uconnect system.

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