Design & Technology
Navigating Kia through smart devices! March 10th, 2016
There is no denying that smartphones are growing increasingly capable. Here at Kia Motors, we understand the role these smart devices play in our customers’ lives, and we are in hot pursuit of the trend. From digital brochures to online customer service and vehicle telematics, find out all the newest ways that Kia is integrating smart devices into an upgraded driving experience!
The brochures for Kia’s entire model range are available for viewing and download on our worldwide website. In addition, Kia has developed iPad applications to provide consumers with a close-up and digitized look at many of our vehicles.
These apps have been recognized for their excellence in design and ease of use and are available free of charge.
Kia Soul for iPad was the winner of the ‘Best of the Best in Communication Design’
category at the 2015 Red Dot Awards
Online Customer Service
The new Kia Service App 3.0 aims to enhance customer service and maintenance through optimized and convenient digital access. The mobile application has made great progress since its preceding version, featuring a wider breadth of services than ever before.
Photo courtesy of Kia Philippines Official Facebook
Set for launch in 16 countries this year, the app debuted with Kia Philippines in January and generated much buzz and media attention. By providing services on-the-go, Kia Motors hopes to appeal to the fast-paced nature of our current consumer base.
Smart Control System
Kia UVO infotainment and telematics system now offers control via smartphones using USB or Bluetooth connection. Users can operate in-cabin driver assistance and entertainment features through specially designed UVO mobile applications. This new addition utilizes mobile devices to track parking location, points of interest and vehicle maintenance information. In some cases, users can activate vehicle auto start and climate control at the touch of a button. While these features are not yet available worldwide, they represent a further step in our integration of smartphones and Kia automobiles.
Kia’s Future for Smartphone Use
Kia has also hinted at the potential for smart device connectivity that goes beyond mobile applications. The autonomous Soul EV introduced at 2016 CES show demonstrated an autonomous parking function that utilizes a smart watch. I-Cockpit, Kia’s next generation HMI system, foreshadows in-cabin user preference adjustments simply based on smart device connection or finger printing. These innovations, currently under development, promise enormous upgrades in smartphone connectivity and, thus, an enhanced driving experience for consumers.
As smartphone technology develops, Kia Motors imagines further innovations with smart devices and Kia vehicles. As a result, our latest models now possess intricate features that accommodate smart devices. The all-new Optima and Sportage both feature a wireless smartphone charging mechanism while Kia Motors Europe has announced that Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ will be introduced in all European models by 2018. With such innovations, Kia Motors is taking measures to raise smart device integration to another level.
Don’t forget to check out our latest smartphone apps and stay tuned for more smart device and connectivity innovations from Kia!