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The 2013 Dodge Viper will feature Uconnect Access with connectivity provided by Sprint (Photo: Chrysler

Chrysler has enlisted Sprint to provide connectivity to its Uconnect Access infotainment platform.

The US carmaker, majority owned by Italy's Fiat, has teamed up with Sprint to integrate wireless technology into its UConnect Access offering. This platform will be available in the 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup and in the new Dodge SRT Viper model.

Chrysler and Sprint, a large US mobile communications group, plan to add a range of connected features and services to Uconnect. Sprint will function as the systems integrator for the Uconnect Access product.

Chrysler's head of Uconnect Systems and Services, Marios Zenios, said in a press release that the company had selected Sprint for its telematics platform, the quality of its network and its understanding of how customers interact through mobile systems.

"Chrysler's goal is to continue enhancing the ease-of-use of technology inside the car," Zenios said.

Sprint's president wholesale and emerging solutions, Matt Carter, said the agreement with Chrysler marks an automotive role for a wireless company that is bigger than has been customary in the past. He said Sprint will help Chrysler integrate "the complex components and partner ecosystem needed to harness the full power of wireless technology inside the vehicle."