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Kia Motors Unveils Advanced Infotainment System Powered by Microsoft®


  • Kia UVO, brief for “Your Voice,” comforts a breakthrough user interface that provides elementary and discerning entrance to your vehicle’s multimedia and infotainment systems
  • UVO is a initial in-vehicle resolution to confederate full Microsoft intelligent debate engine technology
  • IRVINE, Calif., Jan 5, 2010 Kia Motors America (KMA) currently denounced an innovative and intelligent in-car communications and party system, “UVO powered by Microsoft,” to be accessible in name Kia vehicles starting this summer. UVO provides consumer accessible voice- and touch-activated practice for elementary government of song files and hands-free mobile phone operation. Co-developed with Microsoft and formed on Windows Embedded Auto software, UVO is an easy-to-use, hands-free resolution that allows drivers and passengers to answer and place phone calls, accept and respond to SMS calm messages, entrance song from a accumulation of media sources and emanate tradition song experiences.

    Understanding drivers wish and need discerning controls, Kia Motors and Microsoft designed UVO to capacitate a new turn of voice approval by Microsoft debate technology. UVO users will be means to entrance media calm and bond with people by simple, discerning voice commands but carrying to navigate by menus. By ancillary formidable grammar, UVO needs usually brief voice commands to bond drivers and passengers with their preferred functions. An interactive system, UVO responds to inquiries such as “Whats playing?” and provides heard answers and associated functions, aiding to keep drivers eyes safely focused on a highway forward of them.

    UVO also brings advancements to in-car record by an immersive user experience. The interface comforts a 4.3-inch, full-color arrangement that provides minute information on media content, phonebook information and automobile information, and a shade also doubles as a rear-view camera when a shifter is put in reverse. UVO is an open height that seamlessly integrates with a far-reaching accumulation of mobile phones, song players and other devices, creation it easy for drivers to fast span devices.

    “UVO powered by Microsoft is a breakthrough for in-vehicle infotainment that helps concede drivers and passengers to safely and simply use all of their personal technologies to emanate personalized in-vehicle communications and party experiences,” says Michael Sprague, clamp president, marketing, KMA. “Collaborating with Microsoft, Kia Motors is means to offer drivers an knowledge that will yield a cars with a transparent rival advantage.”

    “We are really vehement with a customized proceed Kia Motors is bringing to in-car infotainment,” says Kevin Dallas, General Manager of Microsofts Windows Embedded Business division. “Kias UVO complement demonstrates how a energy of Windows Embedded record can keep consumers connected to a devices, information and party that matters to them most.”

    Based on a award-winning Windows Embedded Auto platform, UVO can be updated simply as new consumer inclination continue to be introduced to a market.

    UVO will entrance this summer in a all-new 2011 Kia Sorento CUV and will be extended to additional Kia vehicles as partial of a brands technological evolution. Kia Sorento, Soul, Forte and Forte KOUP already come customary and during no additional cost with Bluetooth wireless record connectivity, iPod/MP3/USB connectivity, and a three-month SIRIUS satellite radio subscription.

    UVO will be shown for a initial time during a 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Jan 7-10, in both a Kia Motors and Microsoft booths and member from both companies will be on-hand for demonstrations.

    Key Features of UVO, powered by Microsoft:

  • Advanced Speech Recognition: Intelligent Microsoft debate record is lerned to a complement operators voice, formulating a personal form and permitting for adult to dual opposite voice profiles in several languages. Support for vast abbreviation commands and faster response time means a calm is delivered when we ask for it. Kia Motors UVO complement is a initial in-vehicle resolution to confederate full Microsoft debate engine technology.
  • Natural Interface Advancements: A full-color, easy-to-use in-dash guard allows occupants to fast corkscrew by media and mobile device calm by discerning voice and touch-screen commands.
  • Custom Media Experiences with MyMusic: UVOs “Jukebox” duty comforts a 1GB tough expostulate for media storage, permitting users to slice song from CDs or an MP3 actor into personal MyMusic folders and store adult to 250 songs sorted by pretension and/or artist all by voice commands. The complement can trifle by an MP3 actor or AM/FM and SIRIUS radio stations and now brand whats personification all by elementary voice commands.
  • Rear Backup Camera: When a automobile is put in reverse, a built-in back backup camera uses UVOs in-dash arrangement to yield clearer images of a sourroundings behind a automobile aiding a motorist to brand certain objects that differently might be formidable to see.
  • Ability to Continuously Update Features and Services: Based on a stretchable Windows Embedded Auto platform, updates and services can be delivered in a series of ways (over-the-air, over-the-Web) for Kia to continue to yield a higher user knowledge after a complement enters a market.

    Kia Motors is in a midst of a dramatic, design-led transformation, that has been delivering boldly styled vehicles in several critical segments during accurately a right time contributing to a brands continued gains in U.S. marketplace share. The launch of a all-new 2011 Sorento CUV, a central automobile of a NBA and a initial automobile to be built during Kia Motors initial U.S.-based production comforts in West Point, Georgia, will serve raise a Kia lineup.

    About Kia Motors America

    Kia Motors America (KMA) is a selling and placement arm of Kia Motors Corporation formed in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a finish line of vehicles by some-more than 670 dealers via a United States. For 2009, KMA accessible a 15th uninterrupted year of increasing U.S. marketplace share and recently achieved a best entertain of sales ever. Kia Motors subscribes to a truth of building high value, high quality, protected and energetic vehicles. Kia Motors prides itself on producing vehicles that are sparkling and enabling and elicit a Kia tagline “The Power to Surprise.”

    Kia Motors America is a “Official Automotive Partner of a NBA.” Information about Kia Motors America and a full automobile choice is accessible during a Web site For media information, including photography, revisit

    1 The Bluetooth word symbol and logos are purebred trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such outlines by Kia is underneath license. A BLUETOOTH Wireless Technology-enabled dungeon phone is compulsory to use BLUETOOTH wireless technology. Ipod mobile digital device connectivity requires Kia appendage cable, sole separately. iPod is a purebred heading of Apple Inc. Sirius, XM and all associated outlines and logos are trademarks of SIRIUS XM Radio Inc. and a subsidiaries. SIRIUS radio requires a subscription, sole separately, after 3-month subscription enclosed with automobile purchase. Not accessible in Canada, Alaska and Hawaii.

    2 U.S.- and globally sourced parts.

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