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The Infotainment System Adds More Technology Such As Wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, Plus Amazon Alexa

Stellantis FCA Ram 1500 2500 3500 HD Uconnect 5 infotainment
Image via Stellantis.

Seamless connectivity between cellphones and vehicles can sometimes be frustrating. Still, when it’s executed correctly, it can mean drivers spend more time with their eyes on the road than on their phones. With the 2022 Ram Truck lineup getting the latest infotainment software known as Uconnect 5, that will be the case with faster operating speeds, more customization, and content at the tip of the customer’s fingertips. The new infotainment system will be found on the 2022 Ram 1500, Ram 2500 HD and Ram 3500 HD pickup trucks. Major additions include wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as Amazon Alexa software.

2021 2022 RAM 1500 TRX
Image via Mattheus Pach, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

More Customization

Being able to customize the layout of the Uconnect 5 home screen makes for a familiar feel. In addition, the system can be customized to give drivers quick access to information in the cluster screen, head-up display, or center screen. For example, if a Ram 1500 is equipped with the Off-road package, customers can directly link to the Off-Road pages on the center screen. Alternatively, if someone’s towing in hot temperatures in their Ram 2500 HD or Ram 3500 HD, the driver can view customized gauges to monitor the truck’s temperatures. 

If multiple people use the vehicle, worry not about them messing up your interface. Uconnect 5 can store up to five different user profiles. The system also stores vehicle preferences to the profile, seating position, mirror placement, and temperature preferences can be switched with ease. 

Ram 1500 2500 3500 UConnect 5
Ram with Uconnect 5 Heads Up Display HUD.

Better Connectivity

As for Smartphone connectivity, wireless AppleCarPlay and wireless Android Auto, along with wireless charging, give users a seamless experience. The system can also manage input from two devices and prioritize one over the other for different functions. 

With the new Telematics Box Module (TBM), servicing and updating the Ram is exceptionally easy. The system works in harmony with Vehicle Health Alerts, Vehicle Health Reports, and the Ram mobile app. Capping the connectivity improvements are over-the-air update capabilities, which will automatically load improved software to the vehicle. UConnect 5 can also be used to schedule vehicle maintenance with dealers.

Improved Voice Recognition, Thanks To Amazon Alexa

Uconnect 5 brings Amazon Alexa directly into the Ram 1500, Ram 2500 and Ram 3500. Occupants can ask Alexa to play music, podcasts and audiobooks, along with crafting a to-do list, and check real-time information such as the weather. Alexa’s responses use the vehicle’s audio system, allowing all passengers to interact.

The listening ability has also been improved, so background noise shouldn’t determine whether or not the system can hear you. Finally, like the convenience of wake-up words found on cell phones, users can say “Hey Ram” instead of pressing the available voice recognition button.

2021 2022 2023 Ram 1500 TRX
Image via Mattheys Pach, Muscle Cars & Trucks

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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