Kia Motors announced that has begun to work with Google to provide turn-by-turn navigation and point of interest services on its new vehicles from 2014.
Firth vehicle to benefit Google’s Map software will be the 2014 Sorento CUV, and shortly after, the system will be available in other models, including the 2014 Forte sedan.
Besides normal navigation services, the system developed by Kia engineers will allow owners to send a POI or destination to their “Google-Enabled” vehicle directly from the Google Maps via their Smartphone.
The entire telematics eServices package will be called UVO and will be capable to receive “orders” by voice, will offer 911 Connect, enhanced Roadside Assist, Automatic Diagnostics, Manual Diagnostics, Scheduled Diagnostics, vehicle maintenance, and eServices Guide.
Kia says the eight inch display will be very easy to operate and will be very customizable.
Complete list of upcoming KIA’s UVO eServices:- Google integration: Maps and Places
– eServices Guide
– Car Care Web: a complete web portal from where owners can check vehicle status, driving behavior and many more; available from the mobile phone or home computer
– My POI: allows owners to send a POI or destination through their Smartphone to their UVO eServices vehicle.
– Vehicle Diagnostics
– 911 Connect: In case of an accident the system will automatically alert emergency services. The occupants will have 10 seconds to cancel the call, otherwise UVO will dial 911 and will communicate the complete location to the operator. After that it will allow the emercenty operator to speak with the occupants.
– Parking Minder: will send’s vehicle position to a smart phone