LAS VEGAS — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced at the 2016 CES that the latest Uconnect infotainment system, now with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, will be available on select models in 2016.
The fourth-generation Uconnect allows smartphones to interface seamlessly with a vehicle's onboard systems and controls.
Although the automaker didn't specify what models will get the upgrade, Uconnect is currently available on such popular FCA vehicles as the Chrysler 200 and 300, Dodge Challenger, Charger and Durango, Jeep Cherokee and Ram 1500.
Apple and Android services are becoming popular with car shoppers and owners.
Uconnect won the Edmunds.com 2012 Breakthrough Technology Award when it was introduced on the Dodge Charger that year.
Now, FCA has stepped up its game with the addition of the two major smartphone integration platforms, as well as other improvements, including a more sensitive touchscreen, improved graphics, more processing power and faster startup time.
The new Uconnect will allow FCA to compete more successfully with such rivals as Ford, which — as reported by Edmunds — just announced that it is adding CarPlay and Android Auto to its Sync 3 infotainment system for the 2017 model year.
"The Uconnect team is evolving Uconnect and making it even better," said Joni Christensen, head of Uconnect Marketing for FCA, in a statement. "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."