Chrysler Group is offering a new infotainment feature in its 2013 Ram 1500 and 2013 SRT Viper models that essentially offers wireless hotspot access by using a cellular connection that’s built into the vehicle.
The system, called Uconnect Access, utilizes a cellular connection provided by Sprint and voice recognition software, which allows drivers to send a text message, make a phone call or use the navigation system without taking their hands off the wheel. In a press release, Sprint and Chrysler Group explain that the system also uses the built-in cellular connection to access the Internet. “For example, drivers can wirelessly stream the Internet, or play music from their MP3, while passengers can simultaneously connect laptops, tablets or smartphones via the vehicle’s WiFi hot spot.”
If the driver or passengers need help, Uconnect Access also can contact emergency responders. Left Lane News writes, “Similar to General Motors’ OnStar, Uconnect Access can remotely unlock a vehicle’s doors or call for roadside assistance at the touch of a button.”
Car buyers who get the Uconnect Access system have two options for connectivity. USA Today notes that owners can “link their smartphones to the car's hardware or simply use the radio as the wireless device to access Bing as an Internet search engine.” If you decide to use the car’s wireless connection, Uconnect Access will require a paid subscription.
While Uconnect Access debuts on just the 2013 Ram 1500 and Viper, The Detroit News reports that Chrysler Group may expand the Uconnect Access system into other vehicles in the future. Pricing information has not been announced yet.
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