Starting later this year, Fiat Chrysler (FCA) will begin offering cars with an online 'ecosystem' headlined by an infotainment system running Google's Android operating system, and using cloud services from Harman, part of the sprawling Samsung conglomerate.
Cars equipped with the new system will have a new Android-based infotainment setup with over-the-air updates, built-in app support, satellite navigation, automatic emergency calling, and smartphone connectivity.
The system will also feature 4G mobile internet connectivity and "support the evolution to 5G".
Fiat Chrysler says its new infotainment system will also connect to the Harman Ignite cloud platform for petrol station and charging point locations, weather updates, traffic reports, restaurant reviews, and live customer assistance.
It's also said the new system will hook into Samsung's SmartThings internet-of-things platform, as well as future smart infrastructure systems rolled out by municipalities and cities.
Electrified vehicles will also benefit from remote battery management, trip planning, and vehicle-to-grid support. Cars used on vehicle sharing services can also access pay-as-you-go functionality and usage-based insurance.
According to the automaker, "key components of the system will start to rollout in phases across global regions during the second half of 2019".
FCA believes the system will be in all of its new cars by 2022. No word yet on which cars will be the first to use the new system, nor which features will be available from the start.
Note: Current Uconnect system pictured in a 2019 Ram 1500 pickup.
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