Kia has revealed its re-named high-tech in-car and app-based telematics system Kia Connect, and will be rolled out across Kia’s European line-up over the coming months, while the Kia Connect app will be available for download via the Google Play and Apple App stores. Previously known as UVO Connect, the new Kia Connect enables an intuitive experience with a series of features designed to enhance vehicle connectivity, functionality and user control. Kia Connect’s suite of on-board technologies can be accessed through the vehicles’ central touchscreen. Kia India will most likely introduce the rebranded Kia Connect in its vehicles here as well.
Jason Jeong, President, Kia Europe & Kia Connect said, “By re-naming our on-board and app-based telematics system to Kia Connect, we are making it clear to customers that its features are there to provide a seamless connection between owner, vehicle and environment. By taking advantage of Kia Connect’s comprehensive suite of technologies, customers can look forward to stress-free journeys like never before.”
Kia Connect’s suite of on-board technologies can be accessed through the vehicles’ central touchscreen. Features include ‘Online Navigation’, a service that draws on cloud-based real-time and historical traffic data to more accurately predict traffic levels, giving customers a trusted and accurate picture of journey times and estimated time of arrival. It also offers a suite of features that use a wider range of data providers, giving customers more accurate information. Kia Connect Live Services brings a range of providers for traffic information, parking availability and parking costs, locations and pricing for fuel stations and EV charging points, weather forecasts, online POI search, and speed camera information.
The Kia Connect app also allows users to remotely access vehicle information via their smartphone, such as trip data and statistics, vehicle location and vehicle lock status. Kia’s EV owners can also use the app to set climate control levels, view their vehicle’s charging status, plan smart charging schedules and check the range radius based on the remaining charge. The users can also check and change their vehicle settings directly from their smartphone, including navigation, radio and Bluetooth preferences.