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FCA Collaborating with Google on Uconnect Concept


FCA’s Uconnect infotainment system is arguable one of the best systems on the market. It’s loved by both automotive journalists and owners alike. For 2017, the system even picks up support for Apple Car Play and Android Auto on some models. This is all good news, but what about the future?

At this year’s CES in Las Vegas, which seems like it starts even earlier this year, FCA is showing off a new version of Uconnect. Currently listed as a concept, it’s a collaboration with Google to get their Android operating system in the car. This concept is running a version of Android 7.0, also called Nougat.

“With Android, we are able to maintain our unique and intuitive Uconnect user interface, all while integrating our easy-to-use systems with Android’s features and ecosystem of applications.” – Chris Barman, Head of Electrical Engineering, FCA

By integrating Android, the user potentially has a better entertainment experience because they’ll have access to Android native apps. Some of the ones on display in the custom Chrysler 300 on display at CES include NPR One, Pandora, and Pocket Casts.

While it should be noted that this is just a concept, as infotainment systems evolve it’s likely to see companies like Google and Apple want to control more of the interface environment. We wouldn’t be surprised to see a flushed out version of this setup appear in future FCA vehicles in the future.

If you happen to be at CES, the display is in the North Hall at booth #6306.

To listen to us talk about Uconnect and how we like it, check out this video below where we talk about BestRide‘s best cars of 2016 and we discuss the Dodge Charger with Uconnect.


Chad Kirchner
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In addition to Chad Kirchner's work here, he's a freelance automotive journalist for outlets around the world.

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