Fiat Chrysler (FCA) immediately introduced the most recent model of its infotainment system for automobiles, Uconnect 5. The brand new system provides tons of latest options for future Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and Fiat autos, together with built-in Alexa assist, improved over-the-air firmware updates, and assist for wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The core of Uconnect 5 is totally new : the Atlantis structure, changing the earlier Powernet one, mixed with a swap over to a closely skinned model of Android on the software program aspect of issues. The brand new Atlantis is rather more highly effective, that includes a greater processor, 6GB of RAM, and as much as 64GB of flash reminiscence, plus assist for bigger and higher-resolution shows (as much as 12.three inches and UHD decision). FCA says that the enhancements ought to make the brand new Uconnect 5 methods as much as 5 occasions sooner in comparison with the outdated system.
The brand new software program guarantees higher over-the-air firmware updates, too, which is one thing that’s been a difficulty previously for FCA. The corporate bumped into hassle final yr with OTA Uconnect updates. Some firmware updates will be accomplished seamlessly within the background, whereas others would require clients to go to a dealership.
FCA has beforehand supported Amazon’s Alexa assistant earlier than by means of an Alexa talent, permitting clients to do issues like begin their automobiles or lock their doorways utilizing an Amazon Echo. Uconnect 5 takes it a step additional by including native Alexa assist to the automobile itself (type of like a built-in Echo Auto) for controlling music, sports activities or climate updates, and extra.
Uconnect 5 can even work higher with smartphones. You’ll have the ability to join two telephones concurrently now for customers who’ve a number of telephones for private and work use or similar to preventing over who will get to choose the music. There’s additionally assist for wi-fi CarPlay and Android Auto, assuming your telephone helps it. FCA is supporting built-in 4G LTE with Wi-Fi scorching spot capabilities with Uconnect 5, permitting clients to make purchases by means of the automobile’s interface for fuel, takeout orders, and upkeep at dealerships.
Lastly, Uconnect 5 provides a number of consumer profiles, making it simpler to preconfigure private settings for radio settings, air con, and mirror and seat placement for a number of drivers to change between.
FCA hasn’t introduced which automobiles shall be getting Uconnect 5, though the brand new system signifies that the brand new options doubtless received’t be out there on older fashions as a software program replace. FCA plans to roll it out on new autos later this yr.