Kia Motors America (KMA) has launched a new generation of its UVO infotainment and telematics system, known as UVO Luxury Services.
Exclusive to the 2016 K900, the system includes premium features and functions such as local search by Google, remote vehicle command and control and a dealership appointment system, powered by LTE connectivity.
"We are taking the UVO platform to yet another level of enhancement by enabling drivers and passengers to use all of their personal technologies more safely and easily, while creating exceptional user experiences," said Henry Bzeih, chief technology strategist at KMA.
The Luxury Services app, which can be downloaded from iTunes or GooglePlay or a website, enables direct communication to the vehicle for features such as remote start/stop, remote preconditioning of the cabin temperature, and remote lock/unlock via the app.
Integrated into the app is a full suite of My Car Zone features, which includes curfew and speed alerts and geofence settings as well as a Google powered local search which enables users to search for POIs using voice recognition.
Naintenance and infotainment functions, include 911 Connect, enhanced Roadside Assist, Automatic Diagnostics, Manual Diagnostics, Scheduled Diagnostics, Driving Information, Car Care Web, Vehicle Maintenance, and eServices Guide, many of which are run through the owner's smartphone equipped with the Luxury Services app.
The service is a at no cost for the first five years of ownership with no subscription necessary.
It is powered by the Verizon cellphone network and an integral smartphone app.