Chrysler announced on Tuesday that it is pairing its Uconnect Access with the Sprint Connected Vehicle Platform, allowing customers to access the cellular network without the need for a separate smartphone. Like most smartphone-based infotainment systems, Uconnect Access will have the ability to stream music from the internet and provide an in-vehicle WiFi hotspot, but the partnership with Sprint will net a few other perks. Similar to General Motors' OnStar, Uconnect Access can remotely unlock a vehicle's doors or call for roadside assistance at the touch of a button.
Marios Zenios, Head of Uconnect Systems and Services, said that the partnership with Sprint is part of "Chrysler's goal to continue enhancing the ease-of-use of technology inside the car."ť
Uconnect Access will require a subscription fee, but Chrysler has yet to announce how much the service will cost. Although Chrysler is keeping quiet on the subject, the Auburn Hills-based automaker is expected to roll out the technology to other vehicles in its lineup following Uconnect Access' debut in the 2013 Ram 1500 and SRT Viper.