You Can Now Ask Google to Start Your Kia Using Your Phone
UVO infotainment system gets Google Assistant for 2018by Ciprian Florea, on
Kia joined this year’s Consumer Electronics Show to unveil the Niro EV, an almost production-ready version of its first electric crossover, but it’s also using the Las Vegas event to introduce a new feature to its UVO infotainment system. Starting 2018, certain models will have infotainment systems compatible with Google Assistant, which will enable owners to execute a variety of remote commands. Likely to extend across the entire Kia range in the future, integration with Google Assistance is available only for models equipped with the UVO system so far. The list includes the Niro PHEV, Soul EV, Optima PHEV, and the K900 flagship sedan.
Google Assistant allows drivers to interact with the car via smartphones or Google Home by using simple voice commands
Google Assistant allows drivers to interact with the car via smartphones or Google Home by using simple voice commands. According to Kia, owners can ask Google Assistant to start or lock their cars, to start and stop battery charging, the climate control system, or the horn and lights. Commands include, "Tell UVO to start my Soul EV,” or "Tell UVO to lock my Niro."
The Google Assistant can also provide real-time answers, activate streaming music services, smart home devices, and smart car and connected car technology. It will basically provide seamless connectivity directly into Kia vehicles and make vehicle ownership an easier, more modern experience. Google Assistant is available on select Android and Apple iPhone phones, smart speakers like Google Home, and select tablets.
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