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All-New and Easy-to-Use 'Uconnect Access' Services

FCA US LLC Debuts All-New and Easy-to-Use ‘Uconnect Access’ Services at 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

There is more to U … with Uconnect Access
  • FCA US Operations Uconnect team introduces four all-new “Uconnect Access” services: Vehicle Finder, Send Destination to Vehicle, Vehicle Health Report and Vehicle Health Alert
  • Revitalized and refreshed Uconnect Access smartphone app designed with a whole new look, feel and functionality


January 5, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - 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.

“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.

To learn more about Send Destination to Vehicle, check out this video Uconnect Send Destination to Vehicle App - YouTube

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.

To learn more about these services and when they will be made available in a vehicle, please visit www.driveuconnect.com

Uconnect Access: A suite of connected services
The Uconnect 8.4A and 8.4AN provide vehicle owners with an included 6-month or 12-month trial of Uconnect Access services that leverage a built-in data connection. Services include:
  • Monthly Vehicle Health Report
  • Vehicle Health Alert
  • Uconnect Access App
    • Vehicle Finder
    • Send Destination to Vehicle
    • Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Remote Vehicle Start, Remote Horn & Lights
    • Via Mobile
      • Pandora
      • iheartRadio
      • Slacker
      • Aha
    • 9-1-1 Call
    • Roadside Assistance Call
    • Voice Texting
    • Yelp!
    • Theft Alarm Notification
    • Stolen Vehicle Tracking
    • WiFi Hotspot (Daily, Weekly and Monthly subscriptions sold separately)


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Re: All-New and Easy-to-Use 'Uconnect Access' Services

That's excellent. I love the JGC but had missed the ability to send a destination to the vehicle ahead of time, as opposed to having to enter it into the vehicle when you're there. Also finding the vehicle will be handy for when my teenage son has the car...


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Re: All-New and Easy-to-Use 'Uconnect Access' Services

These are some nice additions. The article doesn't specify which 2015 vehicles this will be available on but from watching the videos, they demo the new apps on the Grand Cherokee. Does anyone know if this will be for all 2015 Grand Cherokees (with the 8.4A/AN) or will it depend on the build date?
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The press release reads as if the changes are to the iPhone/android app itself, and not to the hardware in the vehicle.


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But no actual knowledge



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Re: All-New and Easy-to-Use 'Uconnect Access' Services

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Also finding the vehicle will be handy for when my teenage son has the car..Sent from my iPhone using JeepGarage
That is a good reason for this feature not to be implemented.
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At slight additional montly charge...

Don't really see anything I can't already do with my smart phone in my '12. And the same phone in my other cars. (Do need the fob to lock/unlock)
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Re: All-New and Easy-to-Use 'Uconnect Access' Services

Will this work in Canada? Or once again will I feel short changed?


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Will this work with 2014 or only 2015 and above.


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I'd pay up to $50 per year for this expanded UConnect service...

...not a penny more.
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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.

To learn more about Send Destination to Vehicle, check out this video Uconnect Send Destination to Vehicle App - YouTube
There's a similar feature with On-start that I loved when I had my Avalanche - grab my phone, find what I am looking for, click a button and its sent to the car. Get in, press a button and it starts navigating to that location.

I always found it helpful when I was researching something inside but wasn't ready to leave just yet (or it was the middle of the work day). Definitely will be a nice feature to have - although, just like OnStar, you gotta pay.
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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"

As for available dates, all the website says is "coming soon". Any info on when the app update will be available?

What will have an extra fee, and what will be free?

These updates are cool, but would think free not fee.
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