200C EV Concept Lets Chrysler Combine Online and On-Road Worlds

Already presented at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, the 200C EV Concept is  more than a simple hybrid model focused on fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions. Chrysler says the newly-debuted concept can serve as a platform for future connectivity features as it brings the uconnect technology, a whole new system supposed “to combine online and on-road worlds.” Basically, the whole function is based on three principles: convenience, socialization and synchronization.

Convenience primarily consists of settings offered to the driver, such as on-screen options, radio with audio tagging, navigation system connected to city-street cameras for live streaming of certain points plus real-time weather information and fuel-efficient routes. Using the Internet access, uconnect lets passengers purchase music through the Mopar icon or tune in an online radio by pressing a single button.

The socialization is pretty similar with those online social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, Chrysler said in a statement. In short
terms, uconnect lets drivers connect to other vehicles and find their locations, share directions or chat straight from the car. In addition, the Internet access lets the front passenger browse the Internet, read the owner's manual or access the navigation system.

Last but no least, the synchronization area establishes a link between a smartphone and the vehicle, allowing the driver to closely monitor the security of the car and track its location in case it gets stolen. Moreover, the smartphone connectivity allows the driver to start the vehicle, adjust power windows or set a desired temperature from any remote location.

“Chrysler is already offering a wide and diverse portfolio of connectivity and infotainment features under its popular uconnect umbrella,” said Frank Klegon, Executive Vice President – Product Development, Chrysler LLC. “The 200C EV concept demonstrates Chrysler’s ‘uconnect future’ – a host of unique, trend-setting innovations that will ultimately provide unprecedented convenience to consumers.”
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