Chrysler UConnect connects with audio-streaming apps
LAS VEGAS--Chrysler's UConnect infotainment system add a new tool to its bag of tricks with the addition of a feature called UConnect Access Via Mobile. Part app integration system and part telematics system, the UConnect Access app can communicate with the vehicle via a wireless 3G connection built into the car for functions such as remote engine start and door lock control.
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Slacker Internet radio
However when paired via a Bluetooth connection, the new Via Mobile functionality enables users to stream audio from a variety of Internet audio services and apps using the paired smartphone's data connection. Slacker is one of those apps, allowing users to steam hundreds of DJ-curated stations on demand.
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iHeartRadio is another app supported by UConnect. This app allows users to stream thousands of partnered terrestrial radio stations from around the country over the Internet. So if you've got a favorite local radio station in your hometown, you can keep listening even if you move across the country.
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Aha by Harman
Aha by Harman has been making big waves at CES 2013, announcing more than a few partnerships. Through this app, UConnect users can stream a wide variety of audio content, including their Facebook and Twitter feeds, news, sports, and music.
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Pandora Internet radio
Pandora app integration includes the app's controls for thumbs up, thumbs down, and skip. Users can also browse their preset radio stations.
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Users can access the audio apps from this app selection screen. If Chrysler forms more partnerships in the future, the software can be push updated via the data connection.
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The UConnect system also allows users to search Bing for destinations via voice command and use the built-in 3G data connection as a Wi-Fi hot spot.
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When the Uconnect Access app detects that the vehicle is in motion, it locks out the interface, forcing the driver to use the less-distracting dashboard interface.
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The new UConnect Access Via Mobile feature will debut later this year on the new Ram pickup and SRT Viper.