The South Korean automaker is clearly showing the love for the tech passionate owner, with a software update that comes free of charge sometimes later this month.
Kia has decided to introduce the smartphone world of the free Apple CarPlay and Android Auto software to a bevy of other models – which are actually older and not really up to snuff. Kia is using its award-winning UVO telematics system for the new experience – Kia Motors America will notified by the end of July via email owners to check for vehicle eligibility and step-by-step instructions on updating with the latest downloadable software. The roster of models that will get the free perk are as follows: Forte (MY17); Optima (MY15-16); Optima Hybrid (MY15-16); Sedona (MY15-16); Soul (MY14-16); Soul EV (MY15-16); Sorento (MY16) and Sportage (MY17).
Because they have certain infotainment and navigation systems, the owners will get a software update that enables them to pack the latest connectivity and convenience features from Apple and Google. Getting the update does require a registration at myuvo.com. Most likely the Kia update process will be similar to Hyundai’s do-it yourself installation program that has users download the software update onto a USB memory stick or the SD card, inserted in the vehicle and then using the infotainment system to directly select the update. The update for Hyundai models was taking between 35 minutes and four hours, so Kia users should also pack some patience – and sandwiches.