Kia is teaming up with Google to integrate search-based technology into the UVO telematics system. The Google powered UVO system will enable drivers to use Google Maps and Google Places for driving directions and finding points of interest.

Kia and Google Team up on UVO system

Coupling the system with Google will offer more advanced location searching and allows users to interact with a Google maps system that most are already familiar with.

Kia Cars and SUVs will soon Feature Google Technology

The system will also allow users to access their cars from their phone, by sending information such point of interest of destination request directly to the UVO system. Want to find the nearest Pizzeria. Go to your smart phone, send the information to your Kia, and it’ll be ready with driving directions.

Henry Bzeih, chief technology strategist at Kia called the new system a breakthrough in app-based technology, and added that “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 search engine based UVO will be the second generation of the system that is currently available in all Kia models.  The Google based UVO will initially be offered in the 2014 Sorento and is expected to be seen in the 2014 Forte.

The new technology will drastically change the way cars a created in the future. The Google-UVO system will feature many advanced applications:

2014 Kia Sorento

The 2014 Kia Sorento will be the first car with Google technology

  • Google IntegrationeService Guide
  • Car Care Web
  • My POI
  • Parking Minder
  • Vehicle Diagnostics
  • 911 Connect

The partnership furthers Kia’s status as the most technologically sophisticated car brand. Always at the forefront of infotainment and telematics, Kia has demonstrated a commitment to new technologies and innovative designs.

The new Google powered cars will be available for the 2014 model year, but you can come in now and take a free test drive in a fully equipped Kia Sorento, Soul, Optima, or any other Kia vehicle.

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