FCA have announced they are to release an Android-based connected infotainment system to all new cars by 2022. The new system will include cloud and connected features and be released steadily from the end of this year in new Dodge, Jeep and Fiat vehicles until the entire range is included.
The new system, will use Samsung Smart Things platform to connect devices using the cloud. Features will include live traffic alerts, charging station navigation, remote service checks for the car, live customer service and over the air updates for vehicle software.
It’s an integrated platform that will also be able to interact with smart cities technology, vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and even your smart home. As it will utilize Samsung Smart Things, it could theoretically turn the oven on during your commute, turn your garage light on just before you arrive and have the water heating ready for a relaxing bath after a long day at work.
The potential is limitless and is already being touted as the beginning of the smart city revolution.
2019 Chrysler Pacifica
One new car from FCA that could benefit from such a system is the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica. As a family car, integrating into a smart home and being able to avoid traffic on the school run or morning commute would be a real benefit.
The Pacifica has made minivans cool again. A seemingly impossible ask but Chrysler did it. With a modern design, simple lines and the classic minivan configuration done well, it’s a winner for families or anyone who hauls people or cargo around.
There is a lot of interior space inside and the three rows of seating offer decent head and legroom. The driving position is upright and enjoys great visibility from every window. There is a lot of technology available too, from air conditioning to rear seat infotainment along with a lot of safety tech.
The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica uses the reliable 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine that produces 287 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. It uses a nine speed automatic transmission to send power to the front wheels. That’s enough power for any use, including highway and alongside composed suspension, means you’re always comfortable whatever the terrain.
You already get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard with voice control for audio, phone and text and the 8.4 inch touchscreen is compatible with Siri Eyes Free too which is more than many of its competitors. The new interactive system on its way for FCA is going to do well in this minivan that’s for sure.