Hands-free phone calls
There are all manner of hands-free systems for phones, but at no time is it more important to use one than while driving. Just about every new car comes with a Bluetooth hands-free phone system that lets drivers answer incoming calls by tapping a button, or place calls to a contact using voice command.
The example shown here, from the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, offers up all the functions from the touchscreen and from buttons on the steering wheel. It not only lets the driver see contacts, but includes a list of recent calls and a voice mail feature.
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The good: The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee features an excellent touch-screen interface for its cabin electronics, with navigation software from Garmin and an app store. Its air suspension gives it a comfortable ride, while four-wheel-drive systems give it strong off-road capability.
The bad: Touch-screen and voice command reaction time can be a little sluggish, and manual gear shifts from the eight-speed automatic are laggy.
The bottom line: The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee bristles with tech that makes it not only a very comfortable and luxurious SUV, but a very capable off-road vehicle, as well.
August 28, 2013 4:46 PM PDT
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| Caption by: Wayne Cunningham
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