Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is showing off a new smartphone app for its Uconnect system at CES 2015. Available for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles, the Uconnect Access smartphone application features a new look, improved feel and functionality, enabling owners to navigate through it in a faster and more intuitive manner. The new app also introduces four all-new services, through which drivers are able to locate their cars with their smartphones, send destinations to the navigation system remotely and receive health reports about their vehicles via email accounts.

Designed to "minimize the everyday stresses by providing drivers with a variety of ways to stay conveniently connected to their vehicle," the app and the new services are scheduled to become available during the first half of 2015 on 2015 model year Chrysler family vehicles equipped with 8.4A or 8.4AN Uconnect infotainment systems. Naturally, drivers must be registered or have an active Uconnect Access subscription to benefit from this update. Keep reading for the full run-down on the new services.

Click past the jump to read more about Chrysler’s new "Uconnect Access" Services.

Vehicle Finder


This app is easy to use and quite useful if you can’t remember where you parked your car. All you need to do is touch the "Location" button at the bottom of the screen and you can view the location of your vehicle via map or satellite views. The map even shows the distance you have to walk or drive to reach your car. Speaking of which, the "Find Route" icon enables a navigation application that will direct you to the precise location of the vehicle via walk or drive. If the car is nearby, a "Sound Horn" icon will help you locate it acoustically.

Send Destination to Vehicle


This is yet another app that will come in handy and reduce the amount of time you spend searching for locations in the car. "Send Destination to Vehicle" allows you to search for and select a certain destination from the app — you can do it from any location as long as you have a smartphone — and send it to the vehicle via a simple two-button process. Once you reach the car, the destination will appear on its touchscreen when it starts. To drive to the said location, all you need to do is approve it at the touch of a button.

Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Vehicle Health Alert


These two apps will inform you about the vehicle’s health and performance status through a monthly report that is sent into your personal email account. "Monthly Vehicle Health Report" allows you to monitor the car’s key systems, including engine, gearbox, brakes, suspension, oil and fluids, as well as safety features. The report comes with color-coded icons; green check icons indicating that no issues are found, a yellow exclamation point signifying that action is suggested, and a red x letting you know that immediate action is required. Although the report received via email doesn’t include additional information, a quick login to the owner website will get you a more detailed report.

Should one of the key powertrain, oil and fluids, brakes, suspension or safety systems require immediate attention, the "Vehicle Health Alert" app kicks in with an additional email alert as soon as a warning light of one of the key systems appears on the car’s dashboard. The email explains what the warning light means, how the vehicle is affected by the issue and what action needs to be taken. Also, the latter will let you know if you need to schedule an appointment with a qualified service technician to fix the problem.

Why it matters

Already known as one of the best automotive-related interactive systems, Chrysler’s Uconnect has been enhanced to provide drivers with even more ways to stay connected to their vehicles. In the 21st century, that’s no longer a fancy option, but a necessity required by the busy lifestyles we’ve all come to have. These new apps make locating the vehicle and sending destinations to the car’s navigation a lot simpler and quicker, while the monthly health apps allow drivers to monitor the car’s vital systems from the comfort of their homes or offices. It doesn’t get easier than this and it’s apps like these that can make a difference with customers looking for a car that’s easy to track and maintain. With Ford and GM already offering similar services, Chrysler is keeping up with its most relevant U.S. competitors.

Press Release

FCA US Operations is feeling lucky and heading to the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, adding to its acclaimed “Uconnect Access” suite of connected in-vehicle services. Uconnect introduces four all-new services that include Vehicle Finder, Send Destination to Vehicle, a Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Vehicle Health Alert. These services are uniquely designed to help consumers monitor and maintain their vehicle’s key systems, easily navigate to desired destinations and keep track of their vehicle’s location at all times.

Chrysler Unveils New "Uconnect Access" Services at 2015 CES
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“The Uconnect team is dedicated to delivering services and features that are innovative, functional and most of all easy to use,” said Al Amici, Head of Global Uconnect System and Services, FCA US LLC. “We understand that our customers lead busy lifestyles and our goal is to minimize the everyday stresses by providing drivers with a variety of ways to stay conveniently connected to their vehicle.”

In addition to the four all-new Uconnect Access services, Uconnect is introducing a revitalized and refreshed Uconnect Access smartphone application designed with a whole new look, feel and functionality. With the new revived Uconnect Access application, vehicle owners can navigate through the app in a faster and much more intuitive manner, allowing customers to connect to an array of remote services that includes the all-new Vehicle Finder and Send Destination to Vehicle.

Vehicle Finder
With the all-new Vehicle Finder service located on the new Uconnect Access app, trying to remember where you parked your vehicle is ancient history. With a touch of a button, customers can view the location of their vehicle via map, satellite or hybrid views. Once a view is chosen, a prompt menu will ask to Find Route or Sound Horn. When the Find Route icon is chosen, customers will be prompted to select a navigation application to route via walk or drive.

To learn more about Vehicle Finder, check out this video http://youtu.be/z8NkRyM8FhY

Send Destination to Vehicle
Located within the new Uconnect Access app, the all-new Send Destination to Vehicle service allows customers to send a location address directly to their Uconnect system’s large touchscreen and navigate with ease. Destinations can be found by conducting a point of interest search and browsing through a list of provided categories, such as restaurants, hotels and gas stations. Alternately, a destination can be found by typing in the name or keyword in the search box located at the top of the app. Once a destination has been chosen, consumers can view the location on a map, see the distance from the current location, send the address to the in-vehicle navigation system by pressing the Send to Vehicle icon or call the location from their mobile device by pressing the Call icon. When the Send to Vehicle icon is chosen, the destination address will automatically be sent to the vehicle. Once the vehicle is started, a final message will pop up on the Uconnect screen with a Go Now prompt icon.

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To learn more about Send Destination to Vehicle, check out this video http://youtu.be/MqK9jpRZm8c

Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Vehicle Health Alert
Maintaining a vehicle’s healthy status has become much easier with Monthly Vehicle Health Report, a monthly report that is sent to customers’ personal email accounts informing them about their vehicle’s performance status. At a glance, vehicle owners can review and monitor the status of a vehicle’s key systems, including powertrain, oil and fluids, brakes, suspension and safety systems.

Once a month, the vehicle owner will receive an email report that shows the status of their vehicle’s key systems. Within the email, owners will find color-coded icons that will inform of an action that may be needed, such as a green check icon that signifies that no issues are found, a yellow exclamation point will signify that action is suggested and a red x will signify that immediate action is needed. If the vehicle owner would like additional information, they can also login to the owner website where a more comprehensive and detailed report is available.

In addition to the Monthly Health Report, Uconnect Access customers will have access to Vehicle Health Alert. With this service, vehicle owners will immediately receive an email alert that is sent if one of the key powertrain, oil and fluids, brakes, suspension or safety systems requires attention. Once a warning light of one of these key systems appears in the vehicle dashboard, an alert will be sent immediately to the vehicle owner’s email account that explains what the warning light means, how the vehicle is affected and what action needs to be taken.

To learn more about Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Vehicle Health Alert, check out this video http://youtu.be/AgyJfDiCHu8

Vehicle Finder, Send Destination to Vehicle, Vehicle Health Report and Vehicle Alert will be made available during the first half of 2015 on select 2015 model-year vehicles properly equipped with a 8.4A or 8.4AN system and must be registered or have an active Uconnect Access subscription.

Chrysler Unveils New "Uconnect Access" Services at 2015 CES
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To learn more about these services and when they will be made available in a vehicle, please visit www.driveuconnect.com

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