Audio and infotainment systems are becoming more and more advanced. There was once a time when what you got in terms of infotainment wasn’t anything more than a decently loud AM/FM radio. While this technology was praised at the time, there have been dramatic improvements since then. The infotainment systems of today are proactive and provide not only seamless connectivity to your smartphone, but give you access to all of your smartphone’s applications. These systems are incredibly advanced, and in the latest RAM models truly break the mold in terms of intuitiveness. Pay a visit to any RAM dealership, and chances are you’ll get to see one of these infotainment systems up close. They’re large, packed with tech, and seriously remarkable when put to the test. In this article, we’ll review the sprawling infotainment and audio systems found throughout the RAM lineup and how you can experience one of these incredible pieces of technology up close and in person.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility
It is hard to believe that there was once a time when cell phones were a work of science fiction. These devices have drastically changed the way we live, and more importantly, the way we drive. Our smartphones, like our cars, have become an extension of ourselves, so it only makes sense that we’d want to have the two connect seamlessly. This is precisely why Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is so valued, as this feature, installed in all RAM Uconnect infotainment systems, gives you the chance to link your phone and your car with pure ease.
There was once a time when connecting your phone to your car involved messy cables, and unreliable Bluetooth connections; these are the days of the distant past. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are car assistant systems that give you easy access to all of the applications and features that you love in your smartphone. By connecting your smartphone to your car using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can access things like music, navigation, and text messaging, without ever having to look down at your phone. As a result, you can not only enjoy far more convenience but far fewer distractions as well.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also allow you to take phone calls completely hands-free, which can come in handy when it is difficult to separate from your smartphone. These systems can also read and reply to texts – making this an additional safety feature. If you need directions, don’t worry; this feature can also connect to your smartphone’s navigations system, allowing you to get mapping instructions sent directly to the center screen. And if you’re looking for a truly hands-free experience, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto offer voice commands and recognition.
You’ll find this feature as standard in all 12″ Uconnect infotainment systems across the RAM family lineup. Not only that, but you’ll get access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the smaller 8.4-inch infotainment systems as well. This piece of software revolutionizes the way we drive and can play a huge role in your experience behind the wheel of a RAM brand vehicle.
The Value of Ease of Access
Getting distracted behind the wheel is easier now more than ever. Every day we’re bombarded by text messages, phone calls, and notifications, and it can be hard to get away, especially when we need to the most. Driving is a full-time job and requires the majority of your attention as mistakes or distractions can result in an accident or worse. Before the modern infotainment systems, like those found in many RAM models, distractions were all too common. In the not so distant past, separating oneself from our digital life was necessary when getting behind the wheel. Thanks to these new infotainment systems, we can stay connected and, at the same time, not have to worry as much about the potential consequences.
The size of a 12″ screen definitely helps things too. With all of that screen real estate to take advantage of access has never been easier. This crystal clear display is also touch and voice-activated, so that means with a tap of a finger, or a simple command, you can access all of your favorite smartphone features. And with a wireless connection, you no longer have to struggle with cables, which can be a fairly large distraction in themselves. The 12″ of screen that RAM provides their drivers is remarkably displayed too, which means you’ll get a crystal clear view of everything your infotainment system has to offer. Not only that but when backing up, you’ll get a complete picture of what’s behind your vehicle thanks to the companion rearview camera.
Great Audio and More
The infotainment system packed into many RAM pickup trucks isn’t just easy to access, but it provides plenty of entertainment as well. In the Uconnect 12.0 infotainment system, you’ll get the option of adding a SiriusXM radio with 360L. As a result, you’ll be given access to a treasure trove of music and other audio entertainment, all commercial-free. Not only will you get a plethora of different satellite radio stations, but you’ll also be able to tap into sports, entertainment, news, and more, all with the turn of a dial. You can also customize your listening experience thanks to the five different listener profiles that can be configured to meet your specific audio desires. All summed, SiriusXM radio 360L allows you to browse through over 5,000 hours of OnDemand content. And with a 12″ touchscreen to fully utilize, you can sort through your selection based on artist, program, genre, and channel.
If staying connected is essential in your life, don’t worry, you’ll certainly get the chance to do so thanks to the 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot that’s packed into the Uconnect Infotainment system. While you’ll have to pay a subscription to get access to this service, doing so, we’ll allow you to stay connected no matter where you are on the road. Using your vehicle’s antenna as a primary method of connection, drivers who subscribe to the Wi-Fi Hotspot will get a total of 1 GB of data. And if you’re unsure of whether you should take the plunge or not, we recommend that you take advantage of a 3-month free trial, where you’ll be given full access to the service completely free. Uconnect also offers day-use services, allowing you to purchase up to 250 MB of data.
And if you’re looking for a traditional AM/FM radio set, you’ll get to take full advantage of the Uconnect infotainment system’s HD Radio. With this feature, you can tune in to local programming in high-definition audio.
The Importance of a Great Infotainment System
Infotainment is more than just entertainment; it gives you the ability to access your smartphone with minimal distraction. A great infotainment system also gives you the chance to take advantage of advanced automotive technology that allows you to stay connected and make the most out of your experience behind the wheel. The Uconnect infotainment systems found in RAM trucks are next-level pieces of technology, and the best way to get a general idea of what this hardware and software do for your drive is to check one out in person at your local RAM dealership. While technology is changing the way we drive, it is almost certainly changing things for the better.