Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE:FCAU) has revealed its fourth-generation Uconnect infotainment system which it claims will be included in Various 2017 vehicle models.
Some of the features of Uconnect 4.0 are similar to those of its predecessor such as the 8.4-inch touch screen. However, the Fiat Chrysler claims that the new version of the screen has more functionalities and better resolution. Some of the new functionalities of the display include swiping capabilities and pinch to zoom. Beyond the display, the new Uconnect infotainment features a more powerful processor which FCA claims will support faster booting and enhance the overall performance.
FCA also announced that the new Uconnect will support Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay from Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL). This means that users will get to control their handsets through the vehicle’s infotainment screen. This is a smart move from the company because other vehicle manufacturers are also bundling Apple CarPlay and Android Auto together so that users do not have to compromise when they purchase any vehicle from the company. FCA had earlier stated that the new Uconnect will be available in various 2017 models including the Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger and the Chrysler 300. The company is expected to include it in other models in the future.
FCA did not reveal whether Uconnect 4.0 will support control of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto through the buttons on the steering wheels of the vehicles. The Uconnect 8.4 really shines in the Jeep Cherokee by offerings especially when it comes to off-road maneuvering. It has an add-on called Off-road Pages which keep the driver on track with variables such as wheel articulation, vehicle height, rear diff lock, transfer case position and steering angle among others.
It is not yet clear whether the new infotainment will be included in the 2017 Jeep Cherokee though it should soon be available since the vehicle is one of the bestselling models from the company. Fiat believes that offering both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as one package will provide an advantageous selling point.
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