Chrysler LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chrysler Holdings LLC, has said it will now bundle innovative consumer connectivity technologies under one umbrella name - "uconnect." The bundled function includes; uconnect phone, uconnect tunes, uconnect gps, uconnect studios and uconnect web.
"We set out to connect customers to the things that matter most to them," said Deborah Meyer, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer - Chrysler LLC.
uconnect phone is an innovative connectivity solution which uses Bluetooth
technology to provide voice-controlled wireless communication between the occupants' compatible mobile phones and the vehicle's onboard receiver. The hands-free system automatically downloads up to 1,000 phone book entries, recognizes three languages, and is capable of learning.
Voice commands can manage onboard phone book entries, select radio stations and access voice mail. Voice memos can also be recorded using the microphone that's integrated within the rearview mirror.
Part of uconnect phone on select Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles is an iPod interface, which allows an iPod to be plugged into the vehicle's sound system. The system uses a Universal Customer Interface (UCI) connector.
uconnect tunes includes a 30-gigabyte hard drive for ripping up to 6,700 songs from CD or USB memory devices in compressed format, photos can be loaded onto the hard drive and movies can be displayed on the screen when the vehicle is in Park.
uconnect gps combines the features of uconnect phone and uconnect tunes with navigation and real-time traffic.
uconnect studios offer optional SIRIUS Backseat TV, featuring three channels of family TV programming, and optional SIRIUS Satellite Radio, with more than 130 channels of the best music, entertainment and information coast to coast. In addition, when the vehicle is parked, programming can be displayed on the uconnect tunes or uconnect gps screen for front-seat viewing. SIRIUS Satellite Radio is available on all Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles
uconnect web provides high-speed data transfer and flexibility, combining WiFi
and cellular connectivity for a new level of wireless technology. The system transforms the vehicle into a "hot spot" to deliver the Internet directly to the vehicle. Chrysler plans to offer aftermarket in-vehicle "hot-spot" wireless Internet capability through Mopar for Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles.
Meyer added, "The role for 'uconnect' in the 2009 model year places the focus on the customer experience and how the features will make their life easier."
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