US News: Chrysler connects with new level of advanced wireless technology

US News:  Chrysler connects with new level of advanced wireless technology

Chrysler is developing an advanced, in-vehicle wireless communications system that provides increased security and convenience, and goes well beyond what currently available systems provide.

Chrysler’s technology roadmap for vehicle connectivity includes cellular, WiFi and ultimately WiMAX broadband wireless technology.

Chrysler’s future generation of wireless connectivity will bring in-vehicle wireless communications technology to a new level: high-speed data transfer without the need for a hot spot, courtesy of WiMAX broadband wireless technology.

“Chrysler's in-vehicle communications strategy will continue to focus on creating a safe-driving environment through practical innovations, while enabling customers to choose a variety of features they want,” said Frank Klegon, Chrysler’s executive vice president of product development. “Chrysler’s connectivity solutions will deliver simplicity, security, freedom and flexibility.”

The following features will be coming to Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles over the next few years:

  • Turn-by-turn navigation combined with satellite imagery to provide more realistic maps
  • Automatic wireless map updates, to ensure that drivers will always have the most up-to-date map information. Real-time weather and hazard information will also be available
  • Electronic service reminders, delivered directly to the vehicle
  • Internet search
  • Email access, to include access to e-mail accounts, read-out of messages using text-to-text speech, and sending messages via voice command
  • The ability to make on-line purchases, view streaming movies and download music
  • Remote vehicle computer updating – wirelessly download software updates for any electronic module
  • Wireless audio and video file transfer from home computer to car

Cellular, WiFi and WiMAX integration are only part of Chrysler’s advanced electronics umbrella, which also includes exclusive Sirius Backseat TV, the MyGig infotainment system, V2V/infrastructure integration, satellite connectivity and other wireless technology programs.

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