By Drew Johnson
Wednesday, Jan 2nd, 2013 @ 11:48 am
 
Kia has announced that the second-generation of its UVO infotainment system, which will debut in the 2014 Sorento SUV, will feature Google integration.

Kia's new Google-powered UVO system will boast several key additions, including a new Send2Car feature that will allow owners to send directions or POI information from Google Maps directly to their car via the UVO smartphone app. In-car improvements include access to Google Places and Google Maps.

"The newest iteration of the UVO platform is a breakthrough as one of the industry's first mobile pure app-based telematics systems, and now with the Google solutions and APIs, we take the platform to yet another level of enhancement for the Kia customer," said Henry Bzeih, head of Kia's connected car program and chief technology strategist. "Due to the popularity and ease-of-use of Google Maps, owners can remain confident in the technology and information being delivered to them."

Also included in the UVO update is Kia's new eServices. Following in the footsteps of other infotainment systems already on the market, UVO eServices can control functions like navigation with voice commands. The system also incorporates useful features like 911 Connect - which calls 9-1-1 in the event of an airbag deployment - a parking reminder app and an automatic vehicle diagnostic tool.

Following its debut in the 2014 Sorento, the updated UVO system will surface in the 2014 Forte sedan before spreading throughout Kia's vehicle lineup.