Chrysler unveiled the latest iteration of its Uconnect infotainment system with the capability to stream content from the user’s smartphone at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, and Uconnect Access won the first AOL Autos Technology of the Year Award for good measure.
According to a press release from Chrysler, judges from AOL Autos, Autoblog, and Engadget each had one vote on what they wanted to crown Technology of the Year, but readers of the sites had a vote, as well. With a narrow one-vote lead from the judges, Uconnect Access secured the win by the readers’ votes, the release said.
Marios Zenios, Vice President-Uconnect Systems and Services, said, “We are honored to be recognized by AOL Autos, but the public’s validation of Uconnect Access is especially rewarding. Clearly, we are on the right track as we focus on designing features that are easy to learn, easy to use and, most importantly, mindful of the fact that driving is the Number 1 reason people are behind the wheel. Uconnect Access enables our customers to keep their focus on the road, where it belongs.”
As we told you about some time ago, the new Uconnect Access Via Mobile is set to debut in the Ram 1500 and SRT Viper later this year and will offer the ability to turn the vehicle into a wifi hotspot in addition to full streaming capabilities, with integration of Aha, iHeart Radio, Pandora Internet Radio, or Slacker Radio apps. And much like GM’s OnStar, the Uconnect Access system can connect drivers to 911 operators, customer service representatives, and roadside assistance providers.
According to the release, it also features voice texting, enabling drivers to speak a text message and send it without ever looking at their phones. Chrysler claims to be the first automaker to offer such cloud-based voice texting capability, which does not require the driver to memorize form messages.