Kia, Hyundai opt for Google Maps

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 4, 2013

Kia Motors America (KMA) will be working with Google to offer content and search-based solutions that are made possible by Application Program Interfaces (APIs) for the second-generation of its ground-breaking UVO eServices telematics system. The new 2014 Sorento CUV will feature these new solutions.

The instant incorporation of Google solutions will make use of Google Maps and Google Places to get driving directions and find Points of Interest (POIs) in a smooth and organic manner.

KMA and Google pledged to continue to work together to provide innovative navigation solutions to improve the connected car experience. The new Google-powered UVO system, which will be seen on the 2014 Sorento CUV, will be of service to Kia drivers whether they’re inside their cars or at a distance.

Kia owners are enabled by the Send2Car feature to send a POI or destination to their car straight from the Google Maps through their smartphone1 UVO app.

From inside the car, Kia owners can make use of Google Places, which offers POI and destination resources like a dealership location, and Google Maps, which will give directions to any location that a car could go to. The latest version of the UVO platform is a breakthrough since it gives drivers hands-free mobile phone management capabilities and hands-free control of music from different media sources such as CD, radio, USB, media player, and the Digital Jukebox.

It is considered as one of the first mobile pure app-based UVO in the industry, according to different media sources. Because of UVO eServices, users get the ability to manage the 2014 Sorento’s on-board navigation system via voice commands when the vehicle is equipped with the UVO eServices/navigation package. UVO eServices also has several new features.

It gets an improved telematics suite that provides several maintenance and infotainment functions, such as 911 Connect, improved Roadside Assist2, Automatic Diagnostics, Manual Diagnostics, Scheduled Diagnostics, vehicle maintenance, and eServices Guide. A lot of these software work through the owner’s Smartphone that’s fitted with the UVO eServices app, which can be installed for free.

Topics: kia, hyundai, google

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