FCA offers free Uconnect software update to 2M vehicles
Issue Date: 2016-05-19

FCA Uconnect is releasing a new complimentary software update designed to add Apple Siri Eyes Free capability to the vehicle's Uconnect system for nearly two million properly equipped Uconnect vehicles dating back to the 2013 model year.

"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 road," says Tricia Hecker, Global Head of Connected Services, FCA. "By adding Siri Eyes Free capability, customers will be able to use their voice to dictate and send messages, select specific songs, create reminder notifications and set calendar entries."

Siri Eyes Free

Drivers can activate Siri Eyes Free from the voice button on the steering wheel and speak natural language voice commands to send text messages, play music, set reminders, place phone calls and access turn-by-turn directions. Drivers will simply push and hold the voice recognition button on the steering wheel until the Siri screen appears on the 8.4-inch touch screen and the user hears the audible tones. Siri Eyes Free is compatible with an Apple iPhone 4s or later.

The new software update is available for the following vehicles equipped with a Uconnect 8.4 touchscreen system:

· 2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500

· 2013-2015 Dodge Viper

· 2014-2015 Dodge Durango

· 2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger

· 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee

· 2015 Jeep Renegade

· 2015 Chrysler 200 and 300

Uconnect

Launched in 2003, Uconnect systems are FCA's in-vehicle connectivity centers, designed to keep consumers connected, entertained and, most importantly, focused on the road.

Each FCA vehicle comes equipped with a Uconnect system that provides drivers with a range of available communication, navigation, entertainment features and connected services, including:

· Hands-free calling or texting solutions that keep drivers productive, talking and connected

· Entertainment and audio options that include AM, FM, HD or satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming audio, CD Player, USB, SD Card and AUX Port

· Navigation options that help provide a stress-free commute with easy access to points of interest, well-designed maps and turn-by-turn directions that are broadcast over the vehicle's audio system

An included trial of Uconnect Access services also is available on properly equipped vehicles. These real-time services include a monthly vehicle health report, vehicle health alert, a smartphone app that enables owners to remotely lock, unlock or start their vehicle, locate their vehicle and more; 9-1-1 and Assist Buttons on the rearview mirror that will connect vehicle owners to help at the push of a button; Yelp Search, voice texting and the ability to purchase a Wi-Fi hotspot for a day, week or a month.

Vehicle owners can access and control their Uconnect system's features and services by using voice recognition technology, steering wheel controls, touch screens or traditional knobs and buttons.