Auburn Hills-based FCA US will offer 4G LTE network capability for connected services beginning with the 2017 model year Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, and Chrysler 300 vehicles equipped with the company’s fourth-generation, in-vehicle connectivity center, Uconnect 8.4, or its navigation system, 8.4 NAV.
The enhancement to the network, which previously operated on 3G capabilities, is designed to provide customers with expanded and more reliable coverage, increased in-vehicle application responsiveness, and faster network speeds.
“The advancement from 3G Network to 4G LTE network capability gives our customers a great opportunity to expand upon and explore the efficiency and convenience that our built-in connected services have to offer,” says Tricia Hecker, global head of connected services at FCA.
She says the 4G LTE network capability builds upon the existing portfolio of the company’s Uconnect systems and built-in vehicle services.
Launched in 2003, each FCA vehicle comes equipped with a Uconnect system that provides drivers with a variety of services, including: Hands-free calling or texting; entertainment and audio options such as AM, FM, HD radio or satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming audio, CD Player, USB, and Aux Port; and navigation options such as maps and directions that are broadcast over the vehicle’s audio system.
Vehicle owners can access and control their Uconnect system’s features and services by using voice recognition technology, steering wheel controls, touchscreens, or traditional knobs and buttons.