Kia's New UVO Hands-Free System To Debut At Next Month's Consumer Electronics Show
Kia has announced that it will arrive at next month's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas with a product to rival Ford's Sync infotainment technology.
Dubbed UVO, the system will be based on the same Microsoft Windows Embedded Auto software program that Sync (and Fiat's Blue&Me) utilizes, but will incorporate features that are exclusive to Kia. Kia's UVO system comes following the expiration of Ford's contract of exclusivity with Microsoft on the underlying technology.
Kia is mum on additional information until UVO's debut next Tuesday, but we expect the technology to feature Bluetooth compatibility, as well as voice-activated device control for both phone and iPod features. UVO will debut on a Kia vehicle in 2010, but you can bet it won't be the Borrego.
Ford says that it sells two times as many vehicles with its Sync technology than without it since the product's launch on the 2008 Focus, and we're guessing that Kia's UVO could prove a popular option as well. Be sure to stay tuned to Truck Trend Online for more CES coverage live next week.
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