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New UConnect features revealed at CES

by David Zatz on

FCA has, as part of their 2018 Jeep Wrangler reveal — ahead of the Detroit Auto Show — also unveiled new features for UConnect.

New Apple Watch and Android Wear apps let owners remotely start their car, lock and unlock doors, sound the horn, and flash lights. It’s available for 2018 cars and trucks with SiriusXM Guardian connected services; the app is on the App Store and Google Play.

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Family Alerts allows parents to set boundary limits, monitor driving speeds, and pinpoint the location via the phone app. There are five geofence boundaries, curfew alerts, speed alerts, and a valet alert that tells owners if their car is being driven over a quarter mile from the dropoff point. The Family Alerts service requires a subscription to SiriusXM Guardian, and is available on 2018 cars and trucks with Uconnect 4C NAV.

Drive ‘n Save works with compatible insurance companies, and is available on 2018 cars and trucks with Uconnect Access or SiriusXM Guardian. Owners can see their own results; the system collects data for three months to ensure accuracy. The better the driving habits, the higher the driving score and based on the driving score alone, owners are able to receive discounts on auto insurance from participating companies. The score stays anonymous until drivers choose to share data with insurance companies.

Online Search for Uconnect Navigation can goes beyond the Point of Interest database, with search results pulled from a built-in cellular connection.

The Jeep Adventure Reality app is an augmented reality configuration tool running on the iPhone (7 and newer) and iPad Pro, essentially a much more advanced version of Build & Price that also provides a virtual look inside and play with the controls. There are no goggles required; users can move the phone or iPad around.



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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