Kia Motors India recently surpassed the landmark figure of 50,000 activated connected cars on the road. These numbers include the Seltos and Carnival. Kia Motors India is the only manufacturer to secure this feat within just over ten months of its first product launch in the country. The company has also announced that it is now gearing up to launch its third product in the country which will also be equipped with Kia’s UVO Connect technology. This, as some may know, will be the Kia Sonet, which will square up against the Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Mahindra XUV300 and Ford Ecosport.
Commenting on the achievement, Kookhyun Shim, MD & CEO, Kia Motors India said, “We have attained this landmark figure due to our strong determination and continuous efforts to bring innovation and next-gen technology to our customers. At Kia Motors India, we are committed to meet new consumer demands and fill the gap in what’s offered to them. Kia’s innovative UVO connect technology has brought about a significant change in the way owners engage with their cars in India. Now with the updated UVO connect features in the new Seltos and upcoming Sonet, Kia has made driving even more fun, safe, convenient and comfortable.”
Kia debuted connected technology features right at the outset with the launch of its first car, the hot-selling Seltos, in the country, which came equipped with the UVO technology. UVO Connect is a connected car solution that seamlessly integrates one’s smartphone, car and its infotainment system into a single unit to provide a secure, convenient and joyful experience of owning and driving a Kia. Initially launched with 37 smart features, this connected technology now boasts of 50 plus category-first features.
The latest enhancement to its UVO-led technology is the introduction of UVO – Voice Assist wake up Command “Hello Kia” which wakes up the UVO system by simply saying “Hello Kia”. With this addition, the UVO connected car system features nine new voice commands including Calling, Weather Information, Time and Date, Indian Holiday Information, Cricket Score, Media Control, Navigation Control and Climate Control. Additionally, the UVO Smart Watch App Connectivity option offers added convenience of using the connectivity features through a Smart Watch, built on Android, iOS or Tizen operating systems.