FCA Upgrades Uconnect for 2016
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FCA is introducing new features to its Uconnect infotainment system in select 2016 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram Truck vehicles, including an all-new Drag and Drop menu bar, Siri Eyes Free, Do Not Disturb, SiriusXM Tune Start and a Vehicle User Guide that can be viewed through an 8.4-inch touchscreen.
The new features will arrive in the Chrysler 200 and 300; Dodge Challenger, Charger, Durango and Viper; Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee; and Ram 1500, Heavy Duty and Chassis Cab.
With the new drag and drop menu bar, FCA US vehicle owners will be able to personalize their touchscreen controls for one-button access to features and services, including SiriusXM Travel Link, heated or cooled seats, and Yelp Search.
Through a voice button on the vehicles' steering wheel, Siri Eyes Free allows drivers to speak natural language voice commands to send text messages, play music, set reminders, place phone calls and access turn-by-turn directions. Drivers can push and hold the voice recognition button on the steering wheel until the Siri screen appears on the touchscreen and they can hear the audible tones. Siri Eyes Free is compatible with an Apple iPhone 4s and above.
Vehicle owners who prefer not to be interrupted with phone calls or text messages while driving can choose to turn on the new Do Not Disturb and Reply with Text Message feature. The Do Not Disturb icon, which is located on the Uconnect system’s phone screen, will route all incoming mobile calls to voicemail and suppress text messages. The vehicle owner can also choose to send a default or customized response once a call or text message is received.
The SiriusXM feature starts songs from the beginning when switching between their favorite pre-set satellite radio channels, ensuring that drivers and passengers do not miss a beat of the songs they want to hear.
For 2016, Uconnect gets new software and voice recognition algorithms that improve voice recognition accuracy, calculation of navigation routes, search and playing of songs and applications engagement. Integration of a new noise cancellation software helps to increase the quality and clarity of handsfree phone calls.