Chrysler and Google Join Forces for an Android UConnect System

Chrysler has announced a partnership with Google’s Android for an updated infotainment system.

Google is taking their relationship with the seventh-largest car manufacturer in the world one step further. The company is already partnered with the company to unleash their self-driving car technology. Now, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced on Tuesday that they will be collaborating with Google for a new entertainment system powered by Android.

Currently, UConnect is featured in dozens of Chrysler automobiles. The system provides a features including Wi-Fi hotspots, vehicle health reports, emergency assistance, voice texting, personal commands, and many other features. But, Google’s partnership with the automaker aims to take the UConnect system to another level.

Chrysler’s UConnect System

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Stock Photo: DETROIT – JANUARY 15 : A Chrysler 300 M on display at The North American International Auto Show January 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Darren Brode /

The UConnect system will allow for cars to be able to download applications. In addition, Uconnect owners use their car in the same way people traditionally use their phones.

According to press release, Android’s UConnect will provide integration of popular Android apps such as Pandora, Spotify and Google Maps. In addition, the new UConnect system will feature Android’s latest version of 7.0 Nougat. Also, the first installation of the system will be unveiled during CES 2017.

Director of Android Engineering, Patrick Brady, explained that Google is focused on using Android’s technology to “create powerful infotainment systems designed for the digital age.”

This announced of a partnership with Google’s Android system illustrates Google’s growing relationship with the car company.

Last December, Google’s self-driving car company, Waymo, announced they will be partnering with the automaker. Waymo’s CEO, John Krafcik, explained that Waymo’s self-driving technology will be installed within several Chrysler Pacifica minivans. The new Chrysler minivan will feature Google’s self-driving technology and an all new system of sensors, computers and updates.