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New smart connect tech in 2012

by David Zatz on

Chrysler will be launching new electronics connectivity starting in 2012, according to this document (thanks, Ghost175):

We are currently developing a third-generation, flexible Uconnect radio platform that can be personalized to serve the needs of retail customers with varying degrees of skill and comfort with technology. We expect this new platform to include the option to load user-selected applications, similar to smartphones and tablets, as well as accommodate connectivity with our retail customers’ own smartphones. Vehicles will be connected using cellular technology, Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities to provide navigational services, vehicle diagnostic services, automated emergency notification services, on-demand radio content and other connected services. As currently contemplated, this new platform will provide users with the option to control the radio with a hands-free system that recognizes natural speech. This platform will be designed so that it can be leveraged across our entire vehicle lineup, and can be easily modified in the future as this area of technology continues to evolve. We plan to begin producing vehicles with this new Uconnect technology starting in 2012.

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