The technology news continues as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has unveiled its fourth-generation of Uconnect infotainment systems.
Set to debut at the Consumer Electronics Show, the updated Uconnect infotainment systems feature faster startup times, more powerful processors, and more responsive touchscreens. Speaking of the latter, the screens have a higher resolution and promise to be brighter than previous units.
The biggest change is the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Unfortunately, it sounds like the roll out will be a bit slow as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support will only be offered on the Uconnect 8.4 NAV system as well as "select others" in 2016.
Besides introducing the new infotainment systems, FCA will unveil a digital technology concept that "explores how personalized driving experiences can seamlessly integrate a vehicle, technology, the environment and people to help drivers achieve Car. Life. Balance." That's pretty vague but Chrysler says the concept will use predictive technology to better understand the driver and their habits. This will allow the concept's Uconnect infotainment system to deliver personalized information at the exact moment that it is needed.
The concept will also have Vehicle-to-X communications technology and a Workload manager which minimizes distractions when it detects the driver is in a "critical driving situation." There will also be an augmented reality heads-up display that transforms the windscreen into a massive digital display.