Kia will soon expand the availability of its free Apple CarPlay and Android Auto software update to a handful of older models.
Set to become available later this month, the software update will enable owners of vehicles equipped with certain infotainment and navigation systems to enjoy the latest connectivity and convenience features from Apple and Google. The update will be offered for several different vehicles including:
- The 2017 Forte
- The 2015-2016 Optima / Optima Hybrid
- The 2015-2016 Sedona
- The 2014-2016 Soul
- The 2015-2016 Soul EV
- The 2016 Sorento
- The 2017 Sportage
In order to receive the update, customers must register at myuvo.com. When the update becomes available later this month, owners will be sent an e-mail that contains a link to the software update and step-by-step instructions on how to install it.
The update process will likely mirror Hyundai's do-it-yourself installation program where owners needed to download the software update onto a USB memory stick or the SD card from their navigation system. Once downloaded, owners simply inserted the USB stick or SD card into their vehicle and selected the update option from their infotainment system. Hyundai's update process could take between 35 minutes and four hours, so Kia owners should have plenty of patience.
KIA MOTORS AMERICA EXPANDS OFFER OF FREE APPLE CARPLAY® AND ANDROID AUTO™ SOFTWARE UPDATES TO GROWING LINE OF VEHICLES
Kia’s award-winning UVO telematics system continues to elevate the driving experience and keep drivers connected through their iPhone1 and Android2
- Vehicle eligibility and downloadable software will be available on myuvo.com
- Kia’s advanced UVO system provides greater connectivity and convenience
IRVINE, CALIF., July 19, 2016 – Taking the UVO platform to yet another level of enhancement, Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced that free Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ software updates will be available for eligible vehicles when equipped with a compatible navigation system4 or UVO35. Customers will be notified by the end of July via email to go to myuvo.com for vehicle eligibility and step-by-step instructions on updating their vehicle with the latest downloadable software. All owners of new and pre-owned vehicles must register at myuvo.com to receive email notifications that the software is available for download.
The following vehicles are eligible for the software update3:
- Forte (MY17)
- Optima (MY15-16)
- Optima Hybrid (MY15-16)
- Sedona (MY15-16)
- Soul (MY14-16)
- Soul EV (MY15-16)
- Sorento (MY16)
- Sportage (MY17)
“With the advanced growth of telematics and infotainment systems, Kia is excited to offer to more of our customers the opportunity to have the latest software update for their vehicle free of charge via myuvo.com,” said Henry Bzeih, Managing Director Connected & Mobility Services, KMA. “Providing CarPlay® and Android Auto™ to a greater number of vehicles in our lineup will revitalize our current owners’ systems with an additional element of convenience while maximizing the benefits of connectivity.”
Android Auto™ connects to the user’s Android device and allows them access to smartphone apps and functions through Kia’s UVO infotainment system, such as voice-guided Google MapsTM navigation, hands-free calls and texts and voice recognition. Android Auto™ also lets users stream music from Google Play Music™. With a simple and intuitive interface, integrated steering-wheel controls, and powerful voice actions, Android Auto™ was designed to minimize distraction so that users stay focused on the road.
A smarter and more convenient way to use the iPhone® in the car, CarPlay® gives drivers the ability to access the device’s seamless user interface through Kia’s UVO infotainment system. By connecting the iPhone® into the USB port, users are able to make phone calls, access music, send and receive messages, get directions optimized for traffic conditions and more while concentrating on driving. CarPlay® also features hands-free support via Siri®1 voice control or the vehicle’s controls and touchscreen.