Kia Expands Voice to More Car Models

Kia Motors America (KMA) is making free Apple CarPlay and Android Auto software updates available for eligible vehicles when equipped with a compatible navigation system or UVO. 

"Providing CarPlay and Android Auto to a greater number of vehicles in our lineup will revitalize our current owners' systems with an additional element of convenience while maximizing the benefits of connectivity," said Henry Bzeih, managing director of connected and mobility services at Kia Motors America, in a statement 

Android Auto connects to users' Android devices and allows them access to smartphone apps and functions through Kia's UVO infotainment system, such as voice-guided Google Maps navigation, hands-free calls and texts, and voice recognition.  Android Auto also lets users stream music from Google Play Music. It also features integrated steering-wheel controls and voice actions. 

CarPlay lets drivers access their iPhones through Kia's UVO infotainment system.  By connecting the iPhone into the USB port, users can make phone calls, access music, send and receive messages, get directions optimized for traffic conditions, and more. CarPlay also features hands-free support via Siri voice control or the vehicle's controls and touchscreen.

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