Kia looks to add more tech-savvy appeal to its lineup by integrating the second-generation of the automaker’s innovative UVO eServices telematics system with Google solutions that will utilize Google Maps and Google Places to acquire driving directions and locate Points of Interest (POIs) in a “seamless and organic manner.” UVO continues to offer drivers hands-free mobile phone management capabilities and hands-free control of music from a variety of media sources, including CD, radio, USB, media player, and the Digital Jukebox. With UVO eServices, users will now be able to control the vehicle’s on-board navigation system through voice commands when the vehicle is outfitted with the UVO eServices/navigation package. Also new with UVO eServices is an enhanced telematics suite that offers a number of maintenance and infotainment functions, including 911 Connect, enhanced Roadside Assist2, Automatic Diagnostics, Manual Diagnostics, Scheduled Diagnostics, vehicle maintenance, and eServices Guide, many of which are run through the owner’s Smartphone equipped with the UVO eServices app available at no charge. Kia will debut the technology in the 2014 Sorento CUV and the 2014 Forte before adding it to other models in the Kia lineup.
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