The Kia UVO will be positioned to rival the Ford Sync when it is released later this week. Is anyone else bringing high-functioning infotainment systems to the US? Details inside.
Kia will use this week's Consumer Electronics Show as the launching platform for its new infotainment opion for North American vehicles. The Kia UVO is based on Windows Embedded Auto software, and will come with a host of new features.
Ford has the only similar established system in North America, and will be the UVO's rival. Like the UVO, Ford's Sync infotainment unit is also based on Microsoft software. The Ford system connects to a wide range of mobile phones and portable devices, allowing those objects to respond to voice commands. Sync also receives text messages, reading them aloud, and restoring acronyms to their full-length sayings.
Since Sync's 2007 introduction, Ford has expanded the unit's offerings. Directions and real-time traffic are also available on the Ford device.
Fiat's Blue&Me system is also based on the Microsoft technology. It is unclear if the Italian automaker will bring the option to North America as part of their tie-up with Chrysler.
Kia plans to introduce UVO on Tuesday. The system is expected to have unique items setting it apart from its competitors.