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FCA CES mystery resolved

by David Zatz on

The mystery of FCA’s unveiling at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been solved: FCA is moving from QNX to Android for UConnect.

Hellcat setup screen

QNX is a hardened version of UNIX designed for embedded devices; Android is an adaptation of Linux created to copy Apple’s UNIX-based IOS. In principle, the three operating systems are similar, but Android likely has more generous licensing terms.  The move may also have been part of the price for working with Google on connected and autonomous cars.

The company is showing a hands-on UConnect-with-Android setup  at CES, January 5-8, inside a Chrysler 300 sedan. The demonstration will show Google Assistant, Google Maps, Pandora, Spotify, NPR One, and Pocket Casts; it is in booth 6306 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

UConnect 8.4 2015 options

FCA’s Chris Barman wrote, “… we are able to maintain our unique and intuitive Uconnect user interface, all while integrating our easy-to-use systems with Android’s features and ecosystem of applications.”

Google is currently fighting Apple and proprietary solutions for control of the car, which would provide revenue and a gold mine of information about car owners.

No photos were available at this time; we used stock images of UConnect 8.4. 

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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