Amazon and Stellantis, the auto manufacturer formerly known as Fiat Chrysler (FCA), have announced that the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be the first vehicles to come with Fire TV capabilities, dubbed Fire TV for Auto, built into their front and rear screens. Above is the first screenshot of the new touch-enabled Fire TV interface that will allow passengers to watch movies, TV Shows, play games, and interact with Alexa.
It’s still too early to tell for sure, but Fire TV for Auto appears to be far more than just a Fire TV streaming media player attached to the HDMI input of a car screen. The interface, which more closely resembles the old outgoing interface aesthetic than the new interface that will soon be rolling out to more devices, has been reworked to be touch-friendly, which is a first for Amazon’s streaming platform. A Fire TV for Auto-specific remote which has a microphone button for Alexa does come with the vehicle if you prefer to control the built-in Fire TV experience that way.
The included remote also has a dedicated button for Uconnect, which is Jeep’s in-house infotainment system that controls various car functionality. In the screenshot, you can see a new “Wagoneer” tab in the main Fire TV navigation menu, which is likely where the dedicated Uconnect button takes you. Fire TV for Auto is said to integrate with the vehicle’s Uconnect system to allow passengers to control vehicle features, such as climate controls and map navigation. It’s unclear if Fire TV for Auto just kicks you out to the standard Uconnect interface for these controls, or if Fire OS has its own interface for vehicle features.
Fire TV for Auto will work on both the front and rear screens of the vehicle, either in sync with the same content playing on all screens or separately with different content on each screen. If the vehicle is not in Park, there is a “privacy filter” that is supposed to prevent the driver from viewing the front screen but allow the front passenger to enjoy the content during drives. Much like Fire tablets, Fire TV for Auto allows for compatible content to be downloaded for offline viewing, which is another first for the Fire TV platform. This will allow you to save on mobile data by downloading content while the vehicle is connected to WiFi and/or ensure you don’t run into buffering issues while driving through areas with spotty service. It’s probably safe to assume that only a small subset of apps will support downloading content.
In early 2020, Amazon revealed that Fire TV would be coming to vehicles. At the time, they said BMW and FCA would be the first automakers to integrate the new system. There’s no word on the progress of BMW integration or which BMW vehicles will get Fire TV for Auto. The Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are new large SUVs for the 2022 model year that will be officially revealed on March 11. These vehicles with Fire TV for Auto are expected to be available in Fall 2021 in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.