Apple Siri Update Now Available on FCA Vehicles


FCA US LLC has released a free software update for owners of vehicles with Uconnect dating back to 2013 that adds Apple Siri Eyes Free capability, allowing drivers to send text messages, play music, and set reminders using voice commands.

“With the addition of the Siri Eyes Free feature for later model-year vehicles, more customers will have an opportunity to integrate their iPhones with Uconnect while keeping their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road,” says Tricia Hecker, global head of connected services at FCA.

Hecker says drivers can push and hold the voice recognition button on the steering wheel until the Siri screen appears on the touch screen. Drivers can then place a phone call, access turn-by-turn directions, set calendar entries, among other options.

Siri Eyes Free is compatible with an Apple iPhone 4s or later. Hecker says the update is available for the 2013-15 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500; 2013-15 Dodge Viper; 2014-15 Dodge Durango; 2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger; 2014-15 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee; 2015 Jeep Renegade; and 2015 Chrysler 200 and 300.

FCA’s Uconnect system, launched in 2003, also offers navigation and entertainment options, such as AM, FM, HD, or satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming audio, and AUX port.

To download and install Siri Eyes Free Software, click here.

IN RELATED FCA NEWS, the automaker announced today that Doug Ostermann has been appointed FCA group treasurer. In this role, he will be responsible for all treasury activities globally and will report directly to the group chief financial officer. Ostermann is also appointed ad interim NAFTA Treasurer.

Ostermann previously was the vice president of mergers and acquisitions, business development, and global credit at Archer Daniels Midland Co.

In addition, Ferrante Zileri has been appointed assistant group treasurer, with responsibility for European treasury and for group financial markets.