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Posted by mike on 2006/9/25 18:28:00 (10438) reads


ChryslerGroup issued a press release pushing their new MyGig indash entertainment system. MyGig promises an in-dash 20GB hard drive, real-time traffic updates, USB 2.0 port for downloading music and photos, and an optical drive for viewing DVDs (only when the vehicle is in park). The Wrangler is due to be one of the first 3 vehicles to have MyGig as an option.

As automotive audio and navigation systems slowly evolve, Chrysler Group steps out to revolutionize the technology with an exclusive bundling of entertainment, information and communication. The new MyGIG™ multimedia head unit combines navigation with real-time traffic, hands-free communication, multiple ways to save and play back music and high-quality audio. The system includes an advanced voice dialogue system that recognizes over 100,000 words and touch-screen control for easy operation. Customers even will be able to view their photos and store their favorite music and photos using Chrysler Group’s first USB 2.0 port interface.

Reinforcing the Company’s leadership in bringing technology to the masses, this unit will be available first in mainstream, mid-priced vehicles: the 2007 Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Nitro and Jeep® Wrangler.

“With traffic congestion and delays on the rise, the real-time traffic feature of our new navigation audio unit will make our customers’ commutes easier,” said Frank Klegon, Executive Vice President – Chrysler Group Product Development. “Customers also will enjoy a more customized vehicle with their personal selection of photos and music stored on the vehicle’s hard drive.”

Chrysler Group’s first real-time traffic will utilize SIRIUS Satellite Radio broadcast capabilities to provide subscribers nationwide (where available) with updated traffic information. Offered as a premium service of the SIRIUS Satellite Radio subscription, SIRIUS traffic provides drivers with regularly updated traffic information such as accidents, scheduled road closings and traffic flow to help them select the best available route. The traffic information is integrated within the navigation system and displayed as an overlay on the navigation screen, thus combining navigation with traffic to offer guidance to the driver. This function will save customers frustration whether on their daily commutes or when traveling on unfamiliar roads.


The GPS navigation can use either touch-screen or voice-activated destination input. It has both 2-D and 3-D bird’s-eye views of roads and multiple route calculation. Maps and guidance appear on a 6.5-inch thin-film-transistor (TFT) display. The TFT screen is an active-matrix display that allows for viewing from angles up to 180 degrees — perfect for the center of an instrument panel.

Working in conjunction with a touch screen, the integrated voice dialogue system controls the audio, navigation and phone. Recognizing more than 100,000 words and being capable of learning and growing, it is specifically helpful with accents.

At 20 gigabytes, the MyGIG multimedia head unit enables hard-drive-based navigation, storage of photos and the ability to rip and store music downloaded from CD or USB memory device. An integrated music jukebox has industry first Gracenote™ music-file management to add song, artist and album information to the music files automatically. There’s space reserved on the hard drive for approximately 1,600 songs; that’s over 100 hours of music. There also is a voice-memo recorder feature. In addition to music, JPEG photos can be downloaded through the USB 2.0 port interface and viewed on the TFT screen. Customers even can use one of these photos to create a custom background for the radio display.

Providing extreme adaptability in the audio/video entertainment system, the MyGIG multimedia head unit supports three simultaneous audio-output sources and two simultaneous video-output sources. When the vehicle is in Park, the driver and front-seat passenger can watch video on the radio head-unit display. The system also has the ability to play and control DVD audio and video from either the head unit or an external DVD player.

Chrysler Group is the only company offering completely integrated audio, navigation, entertainment and hands-free communication in one system, controlled through voice commands and utilizing touch screen, with the capability of downloading photos and music to a hard drive from CD or USB memory device.

Video Entertainment System (VES®)
The VES consists of a rear-seat DVD player with a 7-inch liquid crystal display (LCD), a battery-powered remote control and two wireless, multichannel headsets. The system plays DVD, audio, WMA, audio and video CDs and MP3 audio discs. Additionally, there are auxiliary-input jacks on the faceplate to show video directly from a video camera, play games from a video-game console and listen to music from a portable MP3 player. The audio from the VES can be heard through the vehicle’s speaker system, through the wireless headphones or both.

SIRIUS Satellite Radio
SIRIUS is the exclusive provider of satellite radio for Chrysler Group. SIRIUS is available as a factory-installed feature that includes a one-year subscription. SIRIUS delivers more than 125 channels of satellite radio, including 100 percent commercial-free music, sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather. SIRIUS broadcasts live play-by-play games of the NFL, NBA, NHL and is the official satellite-radio partner of the NFL. Chrysler Group subscribers can also stream SIRIUS programming over the Internet via a high-speed connection at no additional charge.

UConnect™ Hands Free Communication System
The UConnect Hands Free Communication system uses Bluetooth® technology to provide wireless communication between the customer’s compatible mobile phone and the vehicle’s onboard receiver.

UConnect features include:

* Voice dialing – voice commands may be used to digit-dial the phone or access pre-stored voice tags
* Audio address book – enables customers to store up to 32 names, four numbers per name, for a total of 128 phone numbers
* Emergency calls and towing assistance – dials 911 or towing assistance at customer voice command
* Audio-system mute – mutes the microphone for privacy
* Call transfer – allows the customer to transfer a call from the vehicle’s system to the mobile phone
* Three language options for the U.S. – English, French and Spanish
* Multiphone recognition – up to seven phones can be used within one vehicle’s system

“Combining information, entertainment and communication with versatility and ease of use is key for our customers,” said Klegon. “The flexibility that we built into this system will make it easy to meet a variety of desires and tastes — customers can use the touch screen or voice commands to control all of the features in our all-new MyGIG multimedia head unit.”

The MyGIG multimedia head unit will be available later this year to Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep customers.

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SpudRacer
Posted: 2006/10/5 17:00  Updated: 2006/10/5 17:00
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 Re: MyGig to Offer Music Downloads
I currently drive a 95 Cherokee and am awaiting the arrival of my new 07' Rubicon Unlimited. While I think Chrysler's new in-dash nav/DVD/Radio system is excellent, I've been a diehard XM Radio fan since it came out and currently have 4 separate receivers (too many per my wife). Because Crysler's new nav system only receives Sirius, I have opted NOT to upgrade the radio at all on my new Wrangler, and stuck with the base radio which will be yanked as soon as it arrives and replaced with a new Pioneer AVIC-Z1. THis entertainment system seems quite comparable (feature-wise) and includes several other features, including XM Radio. Mind you I have nothing against Sirius, just not planning to change midstream unless XM goes to commercials.

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erik
Posted: 2006/9/29 9:21  Updated: 2006/9/29 9:21
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 Re: MyGig to Offer Music Downloads
One of the features that is really cool is that you can download your pictures to the unit and have a slideshow.

Imagine you are on vacation, taking pictures. You can store them in your car when your memory card gets full and view them after the day is done!

This will be rolled out to all DCX vehicles over the next two years or so.

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Posted: 2006/9/26 11:59  Updated: 2006/9/26 11:59
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 Re: MyGig to Offer Music Downloads
The announcement of this marks the first time that a new car salesman was actually *correct* about an upcoming product. Early last week I saw my first JK Wrangler at a dealership. As I was looking it over (kicking the tires, so to speak) the young kid with the ill-fitting suit was gushing about how great it was, yadda yadda yadda... He starts describing this new radio that DCX was going to offer on the Wrangler with a DVD player and a USB port to allow you to get your music into it, a 20 GB hard drive, like a built-in iPod. I'll be honest - I was way skepical of everything he told me about everything beyond that, because it sounded so absurd...

Joe

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Posted: 2006/9/26 11:44  Updated: 2006/9/26 11:44
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 Re: MyGig to Offer Music Downloads
Boy, I sure wish this would be available on the 2007 JGC!!

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Josephus
Posted: 2006/9/26 9:06  Updated: 2006/9/26 9:06
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I wonder how long it will take somebody to hack the custom Chrysler/Linux OS and install a USB wireless card so that we can download directly from a home network, an external 120GB USB hard-drive, or drop Sirius and run a Garmin GPS?
USB and open OS = limitless possibilities.

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Posted: 2006/9/26 10:14  Updated: 2006/9/26 10:14
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Well, even if it's running Linux, they won't ship the source to their customized version of it, so it's pretty much a closed system. But, if you can hack the hardware to get access to install your own distro of choice, then you're set. If you're going that route, you can probably also get WinCE to run on it, too.

That's right. The Jeep forum has devlolved into slashdot.

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Posted: 2006/9/28 8:27  Updated: 2006/9/28 8:29
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 Re: MyGig to Offer Music Downloads
It seems Chrysler is leaving the door open by including a USB port. Who cares what system it's running because someone will quickly find a way to blow it out and install something else (hopefully not* WinCE, what a scary thought!). The fact that there usually isn't an input on most cars is what keeps them safe from many hackers.

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Posted: 2006/9/26 1:27  Updated: 2006/9/26 1:27
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I saw my first JK Wrangler today, 25 Sep 06 Oak Lawn, IL....8:45pm...Black 4 door X model...In true Jeeper form, the owner gave me a peek inside (he offered to let me sit inside, but I didn't want my duty belt to scratch his console) and said he thought it was great...

The JK makes the H3 look like a wanna-be---Even though the H3 came out first, You can see the true Jeep heritage in the JK in person, pictures do not do it justice.

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Posted: 2006/9/25 21:48  Updated: 2006/9/25 21:48
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 Re: MyGig to Offer Music Downloads
The headline "MyGig to Offer Music Downloads" really makes it sound like it offers downloads from the internet, like from an online service. I thought the fact that you could copy music over from CDs or USB drives was already well established.

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Posted: 2006/9/26 4:38  Updated: 2006/9/26 4:38
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 Bluetooth
What I've been wondering about it is this:

With the vehicle sitting outside in my driveway, can I link up to the head unit via Bluetooth on my PC/laptop and transfer files to/from?

That would just be sick!

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jpsmith
Posted: 2006/9/26 7:57  Updated: 2006/9/26 7:57
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I don't think you'll be able to do that. It says it uses BlueTooth for the UConnect stuff to control the system hands-free. Bluetooth's not really intended for tranferring large amounts of data. It doesn't really have the bandwidth. Also, it's signal range is quite small, so your JK would have to be parked in the driveway right outside of the window, within 30' or so.

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Posted: 2006/9/26 8:51  Updated: 2006/9/26 8:51
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haha, that's what I thought too (online downloads).
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