A recent Autotrader article suggests keeping up with the latest in new car technology is a daunting task for today’s automakers. Just take a look at a navigation system in a 3-year-old vehicle; compared to the functionality of the smartphone in your pocket, in-car systems are basic and become quickly outdated. A few automakers, though, are staying current by offering robust connectivity and infotainment systems that appear poised to remain functional and relevant for years into the future. The systems include a range of features that not only inform and entertain passengers but also help improve safety and comfort. We are please to announce that Buick &┬áChrysler are amongst those in the know!

Buick

Buick is also busy bringing a dedicated wireless connection to its newest models with the addition of 4G LTE for OnStar. Arguably the original connected car system, OnStar has long helped drivers with concierge services, turn-by-turn directions, roadside assistance and accident alerts. Buick is among the GM brands that now offer the latest OnStar benefits along with its IntelliLink infotainment platform. Buick wants drivers to stay focused on the road, so IntelliLink includes natural-language voice recognition in addition to a touchscreen interface. It talks back, too. Set up a Bluetooth connection to your smartphone, and the system will read your text messages aloud while you drive. iPhone users get Siri Eyes Free, which allows users to easily interact with Siri features by voice. Check out the latest in Buick connectivity in the 2015 LaCrosse luxury sedan.

Chrysler

The Uconnect system available in Chrysler products — including Dodge, RAM and Jeep models — is a robust platform that also offers a built-in wireless connection. While it can’t match the 4G LTE speeds of the Audi and Buick systems, Uconnect Access does bring a wireless hot spot into the vehicle so that passengers can surf the Web on a tablet or smartphone. The connection lets drivers remotely lock, unlock or start their vehicles from a remote connected device. Using Uconnect is simple thanks to redundant controls. A touchscreen interface is complemented by hard buttons, steering-wheel-mounted controls and voice recognition to reduce distraction. Uconnect allows users to respond to text messages by voice, sending one of 18 preprogrammed responses. Pickup drivers that depend on their vehicles for work or play can benefit from the convenient features of Uconnect in the latest RAM 1500. Read the entire article at AutoTrader.