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UConnect 5 is official

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FCA’s All-new Uconnect 5 Global Platform Is the Most Advanced Uconnect System Ever: Powerful, Personalized, Connected and Easy to Use

  • Uconnect 5 builds upon a well-established, intuitive user experience (UX) and third-party recognition with Android’s automotive operating system and processing speeds that are five times faster
  • Uconnect pioneers personalization with up to five user profiles plus valet mode, reestablishing vehicle preferences and settings with the touch of a button
  • Exclusive and customizable home screen allows quick access to frequently used features with one-touch operation
  • Uconnect expands Alexa "Home to Car" functionality to include in-vehicle Alexa virtual assistant with natural voice capability and “Car to Home” features
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto make connecting and sharing easy
  • New TomTom navigation experience adds popular features for a built-in solution with natural voice capability and Maps Over The Air (MOTA)
  • SiriusXM’s 360L and new Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora available
  • Simultaneous dual-phone connectivity allows greater flexibility with passengers
  • Seamless integration of technology within the vehicle interior combines with card-based screens to provide an updated and refreshed look and feel
  • Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) seamlessly loads improved software updates to the vehicle
  • Improvements in Uconnect system software, strategy and hardware reduce distracted driving
  • Most screen area ever offered in an FCA product at 12.3 inches supports up to 15 million pixels in Ultra HD
  • New Uconnect system features global capability for vehicle owners in more than 150 countries
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So this is a software/hardware bundle. Not an update we can get for our existing systems?
It's a major leap in capability and power, but I still can't help but think they will regret leaving the higher security of QNX. I will also wonder how much information Google is collecting on where we drive every day. Android's core is open source but it's surrounded by proprietary Google stuff and we know Google loves your data. They've made billions on their “free” software.

The Alexa Assistant, in fairness, is worse.

QNX is a product you pay for. You are not the product, QNX is. Android is a product you don't pay for. That makes you the product.

If you’re using an Android phone, Google may be tracking every move you make (at )
'Alexa, are you invading my privacy?' – the dark side of our voice assistants (at )

I am pretty impressed, though, with the increased capabilities. I'll have to think about how much I want Google to know about me, but in this age of facial recognition cameras and license plate readers and such, maybe it doesn't matter any more. All your data—medical, financial, location—belongs to anyone who has a few bucks to buy it.

(I can't help but think that all this facial recognition/instant location info is a major boon for the mob. They can now figure out if someone is an informant or undercover agent in minutes, and extortion must be a breeze.)
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I'd certainly rather use Apple (“we don’t sell your personal data or use it in our thousand other products or leak it to everyone on the planet”) than Amazon or Android (“privacy is for our CEO, not you”).

As for the worst Google can do, we already know that. They can and will give and sell it to all sorts of sleazy people. Amazon is worse.

Your phone company is probably worst.


(Summary: phone carriers have been selling, at absurdly low prices, real-time locations of customers, by name. They promised to stop. They didn't. FCC chief Ajit Pai is pretending he's going to fine them. He won't.)
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I had a couple Amazon Echos that I replaced with a HomePod. Siri isn't quite as bad as people say... Alexa is super creepy. Just imagine sitting in your living room watching TV and hearing Alexa randomly laugh, which happened at least once.
Siri has gotten much better in recent years. She tends to understand me now. Well, he does (I have him set to Australian, mate.)
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And it can recognize almost all languages.
Which is only important if you speak a language Siri does not, and don't mind Google using your personal data while Amazon sells it.

I don't mind Android so much as Alexa, which I hope is optional.
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