OK so I'm recently new to the Jeep Cherokee limited and the uconnect system installed in it. Maybe I'm just getting old or don't understand it completely but what is the point of it?
I have a smartphone and when I'm using Pandora it's just using my phones data anyway. I have remote start on my key fob and don't really see a need to start my car from a hundred miles away. The gps voice on my phone plays through bluetooth. Besides the vehicle stolen and recovery future it all seems relatively useless.
Am I missing something or not understanding it's full potential?
I believe you are asking about the Uconnect Access
subscription service (~$150/yr). It's true that some people have no use for it. Some find it worth the $12.50 per month. Here are some examples:
- It's freezing or hot outside and the owner wants to remote start the car from a location (e.g. at work) not within fob range to get the climate control going for a few minutes before getting to the car.
- Free form voice texting (not compatible with iPhone)
- Forgot where the car is parked in the lot; flash lights and sound horn.
- In the mall and can't remember if you locked the car; use remote lock.
- At work and your car alarm goes off; get a text and/or email.
- Want to get directions to closest Taco Bell; do a hands free Yelp voice search while on the move and send the choice to the navigation system.
Some other services (Via Mobile) require a Uconnect Access subscription but are on a 5 year trial. Don't know what happens after the trial. These are services Uconnect integrated to allow control via the head unit: Slacker, Aha, Pandora, and iHeartRadio. Like you said, these and others can be streamed via BT, but some people may want to keep their phone in pocket or purse.