By Drew Johnson
Tuesday, Aug 7th, 2012 @ 9:55 am
 
Chrysler's latest Uconnect infotainment system won't require a smartphone to connect to outside cellular networks thanks to a new partnership with Sprint. The new system will debut this fall in the Ram 1500 and the SRT Viper.

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."

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.