About the New York auto show
Called Sprint Velocity, this technology is an open-source solution to in-car connectivity that will read emails as well as text messages aloud, will allow passengers to order up Wifi as needed, and will, if the driver wants, suggest sales, dining choices and nearby activities based on pre-set preferences.
“Open source” means manufacturers have the ability to customize the features Sprint Velocity delivers in its vehicles.
Judging from the video Sprint shared recently, the system seems shockingly handy — provided it all works as smoothly as the video describes.
Sprint Velocity is currently capable of doing everything displayed in the video, however, it’s entirely up to the automakers as to which features they include. Since each manufacturer is able to customize the list of solutions it wants to offer, we could see these features in the very near future or, we may never see one car that offers the entire package.
Sprint isn’t new to the infotainment and telematics game. They support Chrysler’s Uconnect Access as a strategic partner and their technology is available in the 2013 SRT Viper, 2013 Ram 1500 and the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. In our experience, Uconnect is a convenient complement to any car it’s used in, so we’re looking forward to taking the next-generation technology for a spin once we arrive in New York. Until then, we’ve posted the video below as a sneak peek
The 2013 New York auto show runs from March 29-April 7 and is expected to attract a range of production and concept cars such as the new Toyota Highlander, Jeep Cherokee and the United States debut of the Corvette Stingray Convertible. Check out Autoweek’s complete coverage at autoweek.com/new-york-auto-show .