Kia Motors Announces Google Maps Integration to Enhance In-Car Connectivity

 Kia Motors Announces Google Maps Integration to Enhance In-Car Connectivity

UVO Advances Kia's Infotainment and Telematics with the Utilization of Google

- UVO eServices with Google functionality will debut in the new 2014 Kia
Sorento, expected to go on sale during Q1 of 2013

- Map and POI destinations to be sent to the navigation system through Web and

PR Newswire

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 2, 2013

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Kia Motors America (KMA) today
announced it will work with Google to provide content and search-based
solutions enabled by Application Program Interfaces (APIs) for the
second-generation of the automaker's innovative UVO eServices telematics
system. These new solutions will initially be introduced on the new 2014
Sorento CUV.The immediate integration of Google solutions will utilize Google
Maps and Google Places to acquire driving directions and locate Points of
Interest (POIs) in a seamless and organic manner. KMA and Google look forward
to continuing to work together to bring innovative navigation solutions to
enhance the connected car experience.

Available with the 2014 Sorento CUV, the new Google-powered UVO system will
serve Kia owners whether they are in their cars or away from them.Enabled by
the Send2Car feature, Kia owners can send a POI or destination to their car
directly from the Google Maps via their Smartphone^1 UVO app. From within the
car, Kia owners will benefit from Google Places, which will provide POI and
destination resources such as a dealership location, and Google Maps, which
will provide directions to virtually anywhere and everywhere a car can travel.

"The newest iteration of the UVO platform is a breakthrough as one of the
industry's first mobile pure app-based telematics systems, and now with the
Google solutions and APIs, we take the platform to yet another level of
enhancement for the Kia customer," said Henry Bzeih, head of the connected car
program and chief technology strategist, KMA. "Due to the popularity and
ease-of-use of Google Maps, owners can remain confident in the technology and
information being delivered to them."

UVO continues to offer drivers hands-free mobile phone management capabilities
and hands-free control of music from a variety of media sources, including CD,
radio, USB, media player, and the Digital Jukebox. With UVO eServices, users
will now be able to control the 2014 Sorento's on-board navigation system
through voice commands when the vehicle is outfitted with the UVO
eServices/navigation package. Also new with UVO eServices is an enhanced
telematics suite that offers a number of maintenance and infotainment
functions, including 911 Connect, enhanced Roadside Assist^2, Automatic
Diagnostics, Manual Diagnostics, Scheduled Diagnostics, vehicle maintenance,
and eServices Guide, many of which are run through the owner's Smartphone
equipped with the UVO eServices app available at no charge^3.

Advanced Voice Recognition makes it simple to operate many of UVO eServices
functions, including the Sorento's voice activated navigation system. USB
connectivity allows users to download music files from a memory stick into the
Digital Jukebox. The large eight-inch touch screen is easy to operate and
incorporates Sorento's rear camera display^4, Infinity^®5 Premium Sound System
and My POIs (personal Points of Interest via online maps), a feature that
makes it easy to customize the owner's most visited locations.UVO eServices
is compatible with iPhone^®6 at launch and Android^® phones are expected to be
compatible in the second quarter of 2013.

Key Features of UVO eServices:

  oGoogle Integration: Utilization of Google Maps and Google Places to
    provide direction and location information.
  oeServices Guide: Accessed via the touch-screen or voice command,
    eServices Guide places a phone call via Bluetooth^® hands free
    connectivity^7 to a voice response system that explains UVO eServices to
    the driver in an interactive manner.
  oCar Care Web: Through the UVO eServices owner's portal, known as "Car
    Care Web," owners can check vehicle diagnostics, vehicle status,
    maintenance schedules, driving behavior, and schedule appointments with
    their preferred or nearby dealer via their home computer or mobile
    device.Owners also can earn awards for safe and eco-friendly driving
    viewable on Car Care Web should they rank high enough among their fellow
    UVO eServices
  oMy POI: Also available to UVO eServices owners is My POI, a feature that
    allows owners to send a destination from Google Maps through their
    Smartphone to their UVO eServices vehicle. In the convenience of their
    home or office, the customer selects a destination from the Web via Google
    Maps, once the customer's Smartphone receives the destination it will send
    the destination to the vehicle's navigation system the next time the
    Smartphone is paired via Bluetooth^® wireless technology.In addition, all
    destinations sent from Google Maps will be copied to the owner's Car Care
    Web. (My POI is only available with UVO eServices vehicles equipped with
  oVehicle Diagnostics: If UVO's eServices identifies a problem by way of
    the Automatic Diagnostics function, it will communicate the vehicle's
    issue(s) and its location to Kia's 24/7 call center or will schedule an
    appointment online with the nearest Kia dealership upon user request.
    With Manual Diagnostics, at the owner's preference, UVO eServices can
    connect the user with Kia's 24/7 call center or schedule an appointment
    online with the nearest Kia dealership, should an issue be found.
    Additionally, the user can take advantage of Scheduled Diagnostics from
    their Smartphone, setting a monthly diagnostic check of the vehicle. Upon
    completion, any issues found are automatically forwarded to Car Care Web.
  o911 Connect^8: In case of an airbag deployment, the Crash Notification
    Assist function will alert emergency services. During a 10-second window,
    the driver has the option to cancel the call, otherwise UVO eServices will
    dial 9-1-1, read the vehicle's location out loud to the emergency services
    operator and allow the operator to speak with the vehicle occupants.
  oParking Minder: If the driver happens to forget where they parked the car,
    the Parking Minder function helps find it by sending the location of the
    vehicle to the driver's phone. If preferred, the owner also can take
    pictures of the surrounding area for reference, write a reminder note,
    email his or her location and set an alarm if the car is parked at a
    meter. To guide the owner back, the UVO eServices Smartphone app will
    display the owner and the vehicle's locations on a map.

Following the introduction of UVO eServices in the Sorento, the system will be
offered in other models in the Kia lineup, including the all-new 2014 Forte

About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors
Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of
vehicles through more than 765 dealers throughout the United States and serves
as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA. In 2012, KMA
recorded its best-ever annual sales total and gained U.S. market share for the
18th consecutive year. Kia is poised to continue its momentum and will
continue to build the brand through design innovation, quality, value,
advanced safety features and new technologies.

Information about Kia Motors America and its full vehicle line-up is available
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^1 At launch, the Apple iPhone® will be the only UVO eServices compatible
device. iPhone® is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. Apple iOS6
compatibility expected early 2013. Additional compatible devices expected late

^224-hour Roadside Assistance is a service plan provided by Kia Motors
America, Inc. Certain limitations apply. A connected mobile phone via
Bluetooth within the cellular service coverage area is required.

^3App requires UVO eServices equipped vehicle and runs on your smartphone
cellular data service. Normal data rates will apply.

^4The rear-camera display is not a substitute for proper and safe backing-up
procedures. Always drive safely and use caution when backing up. The
Rear-Camera Display may not display every object behind the vehicle."

^5Infinity is a registered trademark of Harman International Industries,

^6iPhone® is a registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

^7The Bluetooth^® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by
Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Kia is under license. Other
trademarks and tradenames are those of their respective owners. A compatible
Bluetooth^® wireless technology enabled cell phone is required to use
Bluetooth^® wireless technology.

^8 Communications occur via connected Bluetooth^® device.

SOURCE Kia Motors America

Contact: Scott McKee, +1-949-468-4813,, or Shamit Choksey,
Kia Motors America, +1-949-468-4819,
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