Kia Uvo Ditches Microsoft Adopts Google's In-car Tech 'Send-to-Car'

A number of leading auto manufacturers just announced of adopting Google Maps-based Send-to-Car technology for in-car access to comprehensive, accurate and useful information behind the wheel. Including Google local search, Google Earth and Google Street View in cars, "Google Send-to-Car" makes maps even more comprehensive, useful and accurate for automakers and their drivers.The technology is […]

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A number of leading auto manufacturers just announced of adopting Google Maps-based Send-to-Car technology for in-car access to comprehensive, accurate and useful information behind the wheel.

Hyundai Motors, Kai UVo, Audi, Tesla, Daimler adopts Google Send-to-Car technology

Including Google local search, Google Earth and Google Street View in cars, "Google Send-to-Car" makes maps even more comprehensive, useful and accurate for automakers and their drivers.

The technology is also adopted by a long term Microsoft partner Kai, who ditches Microsoft to adopt "Google Send-to-Car," that lets drivers in the United States using local search and voice search, access a variety of maps features through Hyundai's Blue Link technology and Kia's second generation UVO eServices telematics system.

"Voice search enables drivers to easily find destinations, while Google Maps and Google Places APIs - used to power additional trip planning services - give drivers even more ways to find restaurants, stores and other points of interest while on-the-go. "

Kia announced that the next generation of its Uvo in-car technology UVO eServices will offer following key features:

  • "eServices Guide places a phone call via Bluetooth hands free connectivity7 to a voice response system that explains UVO eServices to the driver in an interactive manner.
  • Car Care Web lets owners check vehicle diagnostics, vehicle status, maintenance schedules, driving behavior, and schedule appointments with their preferred or nearby dealer via their home computer or mobile device.
  • My POI allows owners to send a destination from Google Maps through their Smartphone to their UVO eServices vehicle.
  • Parking Minder helps find it by sending the location of the vehicle to the driver's phone. If preferred, the owner also can take pictures of the surrounding area for reference, write a reminder note, email his or her location and set an alarm if the car is parked at a meter.
  • Vehicle Diagnostics will communicate the vehicle's issue(s) and its location to Kia's 24/7 call center or will schedule an appointment online with the nearest Kia dealership upon user request.
  • 911 Connect8: In case of an airbag deployment, the Crash Notification Assist function will alert emergency services. During a 10-second window, the driver has the option to cancel the call, otherwise UVO eServices will dial 9-1-1, read the vehicle's location out loud to the emergency services operator and allow the operator to speak with the vehicle occupants," wrote Kia.

Other automakers mentioned under are also creating in-car experiences based on the Google Maps drivers know and love from their computers, smartphones and tablets:

  • "Audi connect brings Google local search, satellite and Street View imagery directly to drivers and passengers, providing real-time, real-life images of the world around you - from California's Highway 1 to Chicago's "Magnificent Mile." Combined with voice search, you can safely explore and discover local destinations.
  • Daimler with Google Street View imagery, Mercedes-Benz A-Class drivers can be sure they're going to the right destination. The Mercedes-Benz "Digital DriveStyle App" gives you access to Google local search, as well as Zagat ratings to make it easy to find anything from a Michelin-rated restaurant to your favorite fast food joint.
  • Tesla Motor Co: A 17-inch, high-resolution touch screen display brings Google Maps to life in the Tesla Model S. Drivers can see topographic satellite images with overlaid roads and real-time traffic updates from Google Maps," informs Google.