No more fishing through the owner’s manual when you want to learn more about your new Chrysler. The auto manufacturer has released its first smartphone vehicle information app for the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It’s just the first in a new series of smartphone apps will let you click, scroll or touch your way through a digital rendition of the owner’s manual. The free app is presently only available for iPhone but they’re coming soon for Blackberry and Android.
So far the only car to get the vehicle app treatment was the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, but the by the end of year Chrysler expects to have vehicle information apps for every Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge model. While it’s not exactly a true connected car application, (2011 GM owners will have Android apps to check the gas gauge, locks or even locate their car) the downloadable vehicle information apps are a step in the tech-savvy direction for Chrysler. Pietro Gorlier CEO of Mopar even put out a YouTube video demonstrating the new feature.
With this new series of free downloadable manuals Chrysler bets you’d rather searching info on a smartphone rather than thumbing through those tissue-pages of the owner’s manual. The info you’ll get from the new software will include everything you’d expect from an owner’s manual, including maintenance schedules and warning lights. But the apps will also put instructional videos and vehicle demonstrations into the palm of your hand.
The free downloadable apps, developed by Tweddle Group, aren’t only for owners. Perspective buyers might also be interested in downloading detailed information about any Chrysler model.