What is Kia UVO?
Kia UVO is the South Korean automaker’s in-vehicle communications and entertainment system, and it is available on all late-model Kia vehicles. An abbreviation of “Your Voice,” the multimedia technology made its global debut at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show.
Co-developed with Microsoft and based on the Windows Embedded Automotive platform, the first iteration of UVO provided hands-free voice operation of audio commands and phone communications. Its vehicle debut was at the Los Angeles auto show later that year in an ultra-compact, all-electric, made-for-the-city concept car called the POP. Although the POP never materialized beyond its cutesy take on urban living, UVO did makes its way into select Kia models, including the then all-new 2011 Optima, Sorento, and Sportage.
The second-generation UVO moved to a Google-based operating system and seamlessly integrated Google Maps and Google Places. Introduced in the 2014 Kia Sorento, another significant update to UVO was its eServices voice-activated telematics, which offered a number of features like infotainment, navigation, vehicle location services, maintenance, and emergency assistance functions.