It is a big week for the automotive industry. Nearly a dozen automakers are descending on Las Vegas for the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show to show off their latest technology wares. The show is expected to bring nine major automakers to the table this year as car connectivity and autonomous driving take center stage.
Fiat Chrysler just announced it will be debuting its fourth-generation Uconnect system at the show.
The new enhanced entertainment and navigation system comes with a larger 12.1-inch touchscreen, faster boot up time and enhanced processing power. The system, as you might expect, features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in select models during 2016.
“With the launch of the fourth-generation of Uconnect systems, we are continuing to minimize the everyday stresses of busy lifestyles by providing drivers with a variety of ways to stay conveniently connected to their vehicles, while making every drive exceptionally informative, entertaining and unique,” says Joni Christensen, Head of Uconnect Marketing.
The updated touchscreens, that come with a Navigation system, will also be brighter with a higher resolution.
Of course, everyone knows a Fiat Chrysler display isn’t complete without a Dodge in the mix. In this case, it’s a 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit that features a Uconnect screen that is especially designed to integrate tools for law enforcement.
The touchscreen display in the center of the instrument panel allows police officers to toggle to the police menu via a menu bar at the top of the screen.
FCA will also display wireless vehicle-to-vehicle crowdsourcing technology. The idea there is for vehicles to transmit information like road conditions to connected vehicles so other drivers can have a heads up. There’s even a Follow-Me Mode that will enable drivers in the same community to request to follow other vehicles.
Expect huge augmented reality heads-up displays to also be big news. FCA says its display will transform the windshield into a display that provides blind spot detection, parking assistance and ice and snow road lane assists.
Look for more details when CES officially kicks off this week.