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Kia UVO Gets Google Maps Integration

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A shot of the Kia UVO screen

Kia says it is working with Google to provide integration of Google Maps and Google Places into its second-generation UVO infotainment system, giving users driving directions and information about points of interest along the way. (Photo courtesy Kia Motors America.)

Kia Motors has announced its UVO infotainment system will be integrated with Google Maps starting with the 2014 Sorento SUV due in showrooms during the first quarter of 2013.

According to a Kia press release, the car company will be working with Google ” to provide content and search-based solutions enabled by Application Program Interfaces (APIs)” for its second-generation UVO infotainment system. The release said the immediate effect of this partnership would be that UVO would utilize Google Maps and Google Places to get driving directions and to provide the driver with points of interest (POIs) along the way.

Like a growing number of OEMs, Kia will have a Send2Car feature that will allow owners to utilize the Google connectivity while away from the vehicle. Using a UVO app on their smartphones, owners can send directions or points of interest from the phone to the car.

Kia Motors Chief Strategist and head of the Connected Car Program, Henry Bzeih said, “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. Due to the popularity and ease-of-use of Google Maps, owners can remain confident in the technology and information being delivered to them.”

The press release said UVO will continue to offer drivers hands-free control of their mobile phones and music collections, the latter of which includes voice control of the car’s CD player, its radio, a USB device, and the car’s Digital Jukebox. UVO eServices will allow users to control the car’s navigation system via voice command, as well. You can find our previous coverage of the second-gen UVO system and more details about all that it offers here.

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