DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group jumped onto the telematics bandwagon Jan. 9 by announcing that U-Connect, its first hands-free
communications system, will debut this spring.
According to Chrysler officials, U-Connect will let motorists make hands-free, voice-activated calls from mobile phones equipped with
Bluetooth wireless technology.
Bluetooth, a form of telematics technology, allows products to emit and receive low bandwidth wireless connections. Telematics
encompasses 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 will
buy the system at dealerships.
Chrysler said it will offer factory installation in 2003.
Johnson Controls Inc. helped develop the U-Connect system.