Jeep’s High-Tech Trail into the Future

Uconnect Smartwatch app controls several functions on the new Jeep WranglerThe 2018 Jeep Wrangler will be in Vegas next week for the Jan. 9-12 CES Show. The popular SUV brand will showcase the vehicle’s Uconnect system with an 8.4-inch display, 4G LTE connected services, enhanced processing power, multi-touch gestures, vivid imagery, sharper graphics and the ability to support smartphone integrations of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, the company will show off its new Jeep Adventure Reality app, set to debut this year.

Jeep will be in booth No. 6306 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the show.

Jeep Adventure Reality App

The new Jeep Adventure Reality app is the the ultimate build your own augmented reality configuration tool, according to Jeep. Available currently for iPhone 7, 8, X and iPad Pro, the app delivers an engaging augmented reality experience where users can configure their vehicle to see what it looks like in their driveway or even their living room.

Consumers are able to explore trim levels, colors and configurations. They will be able to build two-door or four-door, hard top or soft top, change colors, change wheels and go inside the virtual vehicle to see the all-new interior in greater detail.

The high-resolution imagery via the app shows what it’s really like to sit behind the wheel or zoom in on the flare vents. Users are able to interact with the vehicle by removing doors, putting the windshield up and down, turning on the headlights, opening the doors, honking the horn and turning the wheels.

Once the consumer has built their vehicle, they can share it socially and/or link to for more information, including finding a dealer, searching new inventory or continuing their build for up-to-date pricing information.

Uconnect App Smartwatch Compatibility

FCA US customers can continue to stay connected to their vehicles with new Uconnect App Smartwatch integration. The Uconnect App is now compatible with the Apple Watch and Android Wear devices, allowing owners to quickly and remotely start their vehicle, lock and unlock doors, sound the horn and flash lights directly from their smartwatch, according to Jeep.

Uconnect App Smartwatch compatibility is currently available for model-year 2018 vehicles equipped with SiriusXM Guardian connected services. Owners can download the Uconnect app to their smartphone via the App Store or Google Play and pair it with their smartwatch device.

Family Alerts

From new teen drivers to an aging parent, the new Family Alerts feature provides peace of mind when they are out on the road. Vehicle owners can set boundary limits, monitor driving speed and pinpoint vehicle location at any time via the Uconnect Smartphone app:

  • Boundary Alert-Vehicle owners can create up to five geo-fence boundaries and will be alerted the moment their vehicle is driven either out of or in to a pre-set geographic boundary
  • Curfew Alert-Family Alerts help to enforce set curfew times. An alert will instantly let owners know when their vehicle is being driven outside of the curfew time assigned
  • Speed Alerts-Healthy driving habits can be practiced with the Speed Alert. Vehicle owners can set speed parameters and will receive a notification whenever their vehicle exceeds a set limit
  • Valet Alert-With Valet Alert, vehicle owners can hand over their keys with peace of mind. Owners will receive an alert the moment their vehicle is driven outside a 0.25-mile radius of a drop-off zone

The Family Alerts service requires a subscription to SiriusXM Guardian connected services and is available on 2018 model-year vehicles equipped with a Uconnect 4C NAV system. A radius can be set between 0.25 and five miles and alerts are sent as a message option via email or phone text.

Drive ‘n Save

Drive ‘n Save is a new benefit of Uconnect that allows owners of FCA US connected vehicles to save on auto insurance based on good driving habits, such as following smooth acceleration, braking cautiously and even limiting late-night driving.

Launching in 2018 on vehicles equipped with Uconnect Access or SiriusXM Guardian connected services, all owners have to do is sign up, enroll and then drive-Uconnect will take care of the rest by collecting information about how their vehicle is driven. With that data, a personalized driving score is created, informing owners of how they are driving and can be viewed via a VIN-specific account on

Drive ‘n Save will continually collect data for three months to ensure accuracy, according to FCA. The better the driving habits, the higher the driving score and based on the driving score alone, owners are able to receive discounts on auto insurance. The score stays anonymous until drivers choose to start the conversation with insurance companies in their online account.

Online Search for Uconnect Navigation

Looking for a new restaurant that just opened? Online Search for Uconnect Navigation can help. Available for vehicles equipped with Uconnect navigation, Online Search goes beyond the built-in point of interest database and is enhanced with up-to-date search results pulled directly from the cloud using a built-in cellular connection, according to FCA.

Using the point of interest search box via the 8.4-inch touchscreen, Online Search helps consumers search for a larger variety of locations and helps navigate past destinations that may no longer be in operation.

Amazon Alexa and Amazon Echo Dot Devices

First launched on the 2018 Jeep Cherokee, Jeep vehicles continue to enhance the owner connection with the integration of the Jeep skill for Amazon Alexa. Alexa is Amazon’s voice service and is behind devices such as the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show. Alexa provides a set of capabilities referred to as skills, which enable customers to make voice-activated requests.

Jeep skill responds to a multitude of voice commands via Alexa. The menu of commands can start the vehicle’s engine, lock and unlock doors, send navigation instructions to the vehicle, plus check fuel and tire pressure levels.

To initiate the Jeep skill for Amazon Alexa, owners must register with SiriusXM Guardian connected services, then search for and enable the Jeep skill in the skills store in the Alexa app. Once the customer’s SiriusXM Guardian and Amazon accounts are linked, customers can ask any Alexa device to open the Jeep skill.

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