|Kia to Integrate Google Maps and Places Into Its Cars|
|By STAN SCHROEDER||Jan 2, 2013, 11:34 AM|
Kia Motors America has signed a deal with Google to integrate Google's content and search-based solutions into its UVO eServices telematics system.
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.