Chrysler Group announced “U-Connect,” its in-vehicle communications system, will debut this spring when Chrysler Group offers the service as an after-market item in its vehicles, with factory-installed availability in early 2003. The system’s communication is driven through a user’s wireless phone. Using Bluetooth technology, U-Connect is adaptable to specific needs and lifestyles; consumers can use their current carrier and telephone number, or sign-up for enhanced services with AT&T Wireless. Bluetooth technology is a short-range wireless technology that enables different devices to connect to each other without cables or wires. U-Connect also allows multiple phones to be used within the vehicle’s system, adapting to an individual or a family. It is the first generation in a family of hands-free, voice-activated, Bluetooth-powered offerings. Upon entering the vehicle, the mobile phone connects to the vehicle’s electrical architecture using Bluetooth technology. Once the system is engaged, the phone audio is fed through the vehicle’s existing speaker system, overriding the radio.

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