Chrysler is offering complimentary trials of its Uconnect Access in-vehicle connectivity system. According to the company, registered owners of the 2013-MY Ram 1500 (and the 2013 SRT Viper) will be the first customers able to test the system.
A Chrysler representative said that the complimentary trials apply to fleet as well as retail customers. The trial duration is six or 12 months, depending on the vehicle’s configuration.
Chrysler said Uconnect Access allows natural language location search and navigation system activation and supports voice texting for compatible Bluetooth-equipped smartphones with Message Access Profile (MAP). The automaker said Uconnect Access makes Chrysler Group the first U.S. automaker to introduce cloud-based, hands-free, voice-activated texting.
The system also turns a vehicle into a WiFi hot spot capable of supporting multiple devices. Connection prices start at $14.99 for daily connectivity. The weekly rate is $29.99 and a monthly connection is $49.99.
Other features include direct, one-button access to 911 dispatchers (the button is located on each vehicle’s rear-view mirror), and a second button located on the mirror connects vehicle occupants with a roadside-assistance provider or Uconnect Care, which is Chrysler Group’s product-support network.
Chrysler stated that Uconnect Care’s call center agents will have the ability to lock or unlock a customer’s vehicle. Individuals with designated access can also use a PIN-protected Uconnect Access smartphone app and web portal to use those same functions, in addition to activating the lights, horn, and remote-start functions on a vehicle.
The automaker added that theft-alarm notification and stolen-vehicle assistance are features included in the complimentary trial period.