FCA presents improved Uconnect systems for 2016

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 11, 2016

The year 2016 will bring in FCA’s array of Uconnect systems that display highly advanced features like a faster start-up performance, more responsive touchscreens, processing power improvements, high resolution touchscreen display and brightness, better touchscreen controls, and the Uconnect 8.4 NAV system.

Meanwhile, some select models will also include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Apple CarPlay: Through this system, iPhone users can use their devices smartly and safely inside a car. Apple CarPlay allows seamless integration of an iPhone with the vehicle’s in-built controls and display along with Siri voice control. The app permits drivers to access music, make phone calls, send and get messages, receive messages according to traffic conditions, and many more features that can be used while driving.

Android Auto: This feature permits safer methods of using their Android phones during driving. The Android user can easily access Google through this system which shares useful information while driving. Some of its salient features are: Google Maps that use free voice-guided navigation, lane guidance and live traffic information; Google Play Music that offers on-demand access to 30 million songs; the service of hands-free calling and messaging while driving; and asking questions on Google search. One can also access popular apps and content through the touchscreen. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will bring the ultimate in-vehicle digital technology for the 2016 exhibit at CES. Drivers can achieve a smooth balance in their Car Life with the personalised driving experiences that ensure seamless integration of the concepts of vehicle, technology, people and their environment.

The key-points of the futuristic concept are:

• Predictive technology – This advanced system observes the daily habits of the driver such as personal preferences, traffic patterns and personal calendar events. The system then produces the much needed personalised information to the vehicle’s driver at just the right time.

• Vehicle-to-X communication – Through this concept, vehicles can communicate with the other vehicles as well as with the roadside. FCA incorporates wireless technology within the vehicle, thus helping drivers with warnings to avoid common crash type accidents like lane change, rear-end and intersection hits.

• Workload manager – This efficient tool minimizes distraction by identifying a critical driving situation and prioritizing the information that will be delivered to the driver at such moments.

• Privacy mode – It detects the presence of passengers in the vehicle and thus transfers the driver’s personal information to the instrument clusters through the Uconnect.

• Intelligent concierge – This instrument is intelligent enough to understand driver preferences so that it can provide personalised suggestions in accordance with the driver’s exact needs. Aside from these driver-friendly features, the technology also focuses on connecting the vehicle with the other on-road vehicles in the same community by sharing location information.

This includes:

• Community tagging – This safety feature allows the vehicle to identify hazardous road conditions so that this information can be shared with other vehicles of the community members who can then avoid travelling from the same location.

• Follow-me-mode – This allows other community members to send requests to follow other vehicles.

• Augmented reality heads-up display – Through this system, the windshield is changed into a display which gives important information like blind spot detection, parking instructions and snow road assistance.

Police-exclusive Uconnect 12.1 featured in 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit

The all new Uconnect 12.1 touchscreen system has been exclusively designed to give policemen a horde of advantages. The system provides complete integration to the Dodge Charger Pursuit’s mobile command capabilities. One of its most prominent features is a 12.1 inch High resolution touchscreen display, which is five times larger in the panel’s centre. Its ergonomic location is another plus point on top of its large 1024-by-768 pixel display of Uconnect radio and vehicle controls.

A menu bar at the top of the screen allows the ability to toggle to a law enforcement officer’s computer. The system’s touchscreen can split to display the award winning 8.4 inch Uconnect interface (640 by 480 pixels).

The Dodge Charger Pursuit’s intuitive cockpit has efficient vehicle controls for radio and climate. Besides, the user can also use the switches located on the back side of the steering wheel, touchscreen display, voice commands and a host of other knobs and controls.

Press Release


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and its subsidiary FCA US LLC are heading to the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas with a display featuring the latest technology advancements in FCA vehicles and will provide a glimpse of the new fourth-generation Uconnect system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

“The Uconnect team is evolving Uconnect and making it even better,” said Joni Christensen, Head of Uconnect Marketing, FCA US LLC. “With the launch of the fourth generation of Uconnect systems, we are continuing to minimize the everyday stresses of busy lifestyles by providing drivers with a variety of ways to stay conveniently connected to their vehicles, while making every drive exceptionally informative, entertaining and unique.”

FCA also will offer CES attendees an opportunity to be fully immersed in advanced technology with hands-on demonstrations of the 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit with an all-new Uconnect 12.1 system and an FCA technology concept display that explores the future of intelligent transportation.

Fourth-generation Uconnect systems
In 2016, FCA will introduce a portfolio of Uconnect systems that include capacitive touchscreens, performance improvements of faster startup time, enhanced processing power, heightened touchscreen responsiveness, vivid touchscreens with improved resolution and brightness, the Uconnect 8.4 NAV system, and select others within the global portfolio will include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Apple CarPlay: Apple CarPlay provides drivers with a smarter, safer way to use an iPhone inside a car. Apple CarPlay seamlessly integrates an iPhone with the car’s built-in display and controls in addition to featuring Siri voice control. Now drivers can make phone calls, access music, send and receive messages, get directions optimized for traffic conditions and more while staying focused on the road.
Android Auto: Android Auto automatically provides drivers with a safer way to use Android while driving. The system will share useful information while you drive and makes it easy to access the best of Google. It features Google Maps with free voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, lane guidance; on-demand access to 30 million songs with Google Play Music; the ability to place phone calls or send and receive messages while keeping your hands on the wheel; and ask Google search any question. Android Auto also makes it easy to access popular apps and content from the Uconnect system’s touchscreen.

FCA creates the ultimate in-vehicle digital experience at CES
This year’s exhibit will feature a futuristic technology display property, immersing CES attendees in the company’s vision for intelligent transportation.

The digital technology concept explores how personalized driving experiences can seamlessly integrate a vehicle, technology, the environment and people to help drivers achieve Car. Life. Balance.

The concept explores:
Predictive technology – Monitor driver’s daily habits, including traffic patterns, personal calendar events and personal preferences so the vehicle’s Uconnect system can deliver personalized information to the driver at the exact moment needed.
Vehicle-to-X communication – Concept enables vehicles to communicate with each other and the roadside. FCA believes integrating wireless technology into the vehicle can help provide drivers with warnings and reduce the risk of such common crash types as rear-end, lane change and intersection crashes.
Workload manager – Helps to limit distraction by recognizing when the driver may be in a critical driving situation and prioritizing which information is presented to the driver in those instances.
Privacy mode – Detects when a passenger is present in the vehicle and can transfer the driver’s personal information from the Uconnect system to the driver’s instrument cluster.
Intelligent concierge – A concept programmed to learn driver preferences and provide personalized suggestions in anticipation of driver needs.

The technology concept also explores how a vehicle can share location information with other vehicles on the road in the driver’s community, including:
Community tagging – Enables the vehicle to identify hazardous road conditions and automatically share that information with community members who may be approaching the same location.
Follow-me mode – Enables community members to request to follow other vehicles.
Augmented reality heads-up display – Transforms the windshield into a display that provides information to assist the driver, such as blind spot detection, parking assistance and ice and snow road lane assists.

2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit featuring police-exclusive Uconnect 12.1
Designed exclusively to give law enforcement officers the upper hand, the all-new Uconnect 12.1 touchscreen system provides a fully integrated and exclusive approach to Dodge Charger Pursuit’s mobile command capabilities. The all-new Uconnect 12.1 features a 12.1-inch high-resolution touchscreen display that is more than five times larger in the center of the instrument panel. Uconnect 12.1 is ergonomically located and provides a large 1024-by-768 pixel display of Uconnect radio and vehicle controls, as well as the ability to toggle to a law enforcement officer’s computer via a menu bar at the top of the screen.

In addition, Charger Pursuit’s new Uconnect 12.1 system can split the touchscreen to display the familiar and award-winning 8.4-inch (640 by 480 pixels) Uconnect interface. Designed to be intuitive, Dodge Charger Pursuit’s cockpit includes redundant vehicle controls, such as radio and climate, located below the Uconnect system, while the driver can also use the switches on the back of the steering wheel, voice commands, the touchscreen display or the redundant knobs and buttons to control a bevy of vehicle options.

To visit the FCA booth, #3534, at the 2016 Consumer Electronics show, navigate to the North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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