|Look ma, no hands! It's a voice-activated, hands-free, communications system for your Jeep!|
The Chrysler Group announced today nationwide availability of UConnect, its in-vehicle, hands-free, voice-activated communications system. The Chrysler Group is the first North American automaker to offer its customers a Bluetooth-enabled automotive application.
“Chrysler Group’s UConnect system is hands-free, affordable and easy-to-use,” said Jack Withrow, Director, Vehicle Entertainment and Communications for the Chrysler Group. “UConnect allows each customer to have just one communication device with one telephone number. It’s appropriate technology that’s in touch with our customers. UConnect is all about safety, freedom and flexibility.”
UConnect is available as a Mopar dealer-installed offering on the 2004 Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee.
UConnect features the following:
- Voice dialing - Voice commands can 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;
- 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;
- Communicates in three languages - French, Spanish, English; and
- Multi-phone recognition - Up to five phones can be used within the vehicle’s system.
Both factory- and dealer-installed versions of UConnect operate similarly. The dealer-installed version consists of a control pad, speaker, microphone, wiring harness and a control module containing voice recognition software and the Bluetooth chipset. The control pad and the microphone are the only visible items to the consumer.
The control pad is conveniently mounted on the vehicle dashboard and the microphone is attached to the overhead console. A hidden speaker transmits the audio. The factory-installed version allows the audio to be heard through the vehicle’s radio speakers and a microphone is housed in the vehicle’s rearview mirror serving as the driver interface.