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Kia to Integrate Google Maps and Places Into Its Cars

14 Jan

By STAN SCHROEDER

January 2, 2013

Kia Motors America has signed a deal with Google to integrate Google’s content and search-based solutions into its UVO eServices telematics system.

The first vehicle to get the Google treatment will be Kia’s 2014 Sorento, with the first new features being driving directions and POI location powered by Google Maps and Google Places.

Users will also be able to send a POI or a destination to their car using a smartphone app, find the newest Kia dealership using Google Places, and control their on-board navigation system through voice commands.

“Due to the popularity and ease-of-use of Google Maps, owners can remain confident in the technology and information being delivered to them,” said Henry Bzeih, head of the connected car program and chief technology strategist at KMA.

After the Sorento, which is expected to go on sale during Q1 2013, Kia plans to introduce UVO eServices into other models in its lineup, including the 2014 Forte Sedan.

Source: ABC News
Compiled By: Josh Martin

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