|By Business Wire
|January 9, 2013 03:00 PM EST
AOL Autos, one of the Internet's leading automotive research and news
sites, today announced Chrysler Group’s Uconnect Access as the winner of
its Technology of the Year Award at the 2013 International Consumer
Electronics Show (CES). Announced at CES
in 2012, this one-of-a-kind award is designed to give shoppers a
clear grasp of which emerging technologies provide a positive or
negative impact on the ownership experience and vehicle safety, and
separates the truly significant, consumer-beneficial advancements from
the hyperbole of "new and better."
AOL Autos will give away a Uconnect-equipped 2013 Dodge Dart Limited in celebration of Uconnect's Technology of the Year award win. For a chance to win, and additional details, register at Autos.AOL.com/Sweepstakes by January 25 at 5pm EST. A winner will be publicly announced in February. (Photo: Business Wire)
“A vehicle’s quality has long been decided on by its design, engine
performance, fit and finish, but as technology becomes more prevalent in
our lives, this award aims to determine quality by how well in-car
connectivity and feature controls work,” said David Kiley,
editor-in-chief of AOL Autos. “It’s one thing to conceive a solution to
a problem through technology, but Chrysler Group’s Uconnect Access has
done it in such a way that drivers find intuitive and easy to use. We’re
excited for Chrysler to be the inaugural winner of Technology of the
Year and look forward to this year’s new offerings. It should be another
Uconnect Access offers one-button emergency assistance, voice-controlled
text messaging, the ability to monitor a vehicle’s performance, and a
smartphone app that allows locked doors to be opened when keys are
locked inside. For drivers who’ve lost track of their vehicles in
crowded parking lots, Uconnect Access flashes the headlights. There’s a
voice-activated, Bing-powered search app to help locate points of
interest, specific destinations, restaurants and gas, as well as an
on-demand wireless hot-spot to enjoy connectivity while on the go.
“We’re grateful for this recognition of our efforts to keep the Uconnect
system on the forefront of technology while assuring that it is easy to
use by the full range of customers,” said Mark Chernoby, Chrysler Group
LLC Senior Vice President-Engineering. “Uconnect systems play a vital
role in our vehicles because they enable our customers to stay connected
while assuring the ability to focus on the most important task, which is
In November 2012, after extensive evaluation, six
Technology of the Year Award finalists were announced in three
categories: Telematics: Cadillac Cue and Audi connect with Google
Maps Street View; Connectivity: Chrysler Uconnect Access and
MyFord Mobile; and Active Safety: Nissan Tire Pressure Alert &
Refill System and Honda LaneWatch™. The winner was determined by a panel
of 15 expert judges, as well as a poll of nearly 20,000 AOL Autos
readers. Among the Technology of the Year’s expert judges were AOL Autos
editor-in-chief David Kiley; Autoblog editor-in-chief John Neff;
Engadget editor-in-chief Tim Stevens; AOL Autos senior editor Sharon
Silke Carty; Autoblog executive editor Chris Paukert; Engadget mobile
editor Myriam Joire; and AOL Autos contributor Lauren “The Car Coach”
The award’s panel of expert judges remarked on how well Uconnect Access
features, such as the wireless hotspot, voice-activated Bing-powered
navigation searches, and phone pairing, operated. Chrysler Group’s
system, upgraded for the 2013 Ram 1500 and SRT Viper, beat out five
other finalists and more than thirty original qualified nominees of new
or substantially upgraded technology available in vehicles on sale
between September 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012.
To give readers a chance to try the Chrysler Group’s Uconnect Access,
AOL Autos will give away a 2013 Dodge Dart Limited equipped with
Uconnect. For a chance to win the Uconnect-equipped Dodge Dart, and
additional details, visit Autos.AOL.com/Sweepstakes between
now and January 25 by 5pm EST to register. A winner will be publicly
announced in February.
AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) is a brand company, committed to continuously
innovating, growing, and investing in brands and experiences that
inform, entertain, and connect the world. The home of a world-class
collection of premium brands, AOL creates original content that engages
audiences on a local and global scale. We help marketers connect with
these audiences through effective and engaging digital advertising
About Chrysler Group LLC
Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 to establish a global strategic
alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Mopar,
SRT and Fiat vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and
worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale,
the alliance builds on Chrysler Group’s culture of innovation, first
established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat’s complementary
technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.
Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group’s product lineup
features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the
Chrysler 300 and Town & Country, Jeep Wrangler, all-new Dodge Dart, Ram
1500, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 and Fiat 500. Fiat contributes
world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and
medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product
line including environmentally friendly vehicles.
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