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Chrysler Announces U-Connect Hands-Free Calling System

January 9, 2002

DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group jumped onto the telematics bandwagon Jan. 9 by announcing that U-Connect, its first hands-freecommunications system, will debut this spring.According to Chrysler officials, U-Connect will let motorists make hands-free, voice-activated calls from mobile phones equipped withBluetooth wireless technology.Bluetooth, a form of telematics technology, allows products to emit and receive low bandwidth wireless connections. Telematicsencompasses any wireless communication between an outside source and a vehicle.The U-Connect system can be installed on any Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep car or truck built in the 2000-2002 model years this spring, according to Chrysler. Consumers willbuy the system at dealerships.Chrysler said it will offer factory installation in 2003.Johnson Controls Inc. helped develop the U-Connect system.
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