Korean automaker Kai Motors updated infotainment system "UVO eServices," adds telematics features that help track factory maintenance schedules and keep tabs on car's location.
"UVO eServices is based on the UVO infotainment system that Kia and Microsoft first announced in 2010, and which is powered by Microsoft's Windows Embedded Automotive software platform. The core of the UVO experience is built around features that enable a driver to access music files, change radio stations, and make or answer phone calls, all by using the vehicle's color touchscreen or voice recognition powered by Microsoft Tellme," Microsoft stated.
Put another way, UVO eServices arms you with information to get more value out of your vehicle. And it does so without requiring a subscription to a monthly data plan. Its also includes navigation and location-based services that help monitor your car's location -- whether lost in a parking garage or keeping tabs on where your teen took it the night before.
Here is how UVO eServices works:
- "UVO eServices is connected to a multitude of sensors embedded throughout a Kia vehicle. These sensors watch for data such as diagnostic trouble codes, mileage and driving patterns.
- Customers access this maintenance and vehicle diagnostic information on their PC or mobile device.
- Customers can also request a customized maintenance schedule, which Kia formulates by adjusting the factory maintenance schedule based on the performance data for their vehicle."What's great about UVO eServices is that it showcases how an intelligent system can use information that already exists to improve various aspects of your daily life," says Steven Bridgeland, senior product manager for Windows Embedded at Microsoft. "Kia has done an impressive job of blending the practical benefits of technology in a way that redefines how you interact with your car."," Microsoft explains.
"UVO eServices takes the data from the sensors and sends it to a datacenter where it can be analyzed. In this case, the information is focused on improving the way a vehicle is made or, at your request, offering suggestions on how to drive more efficiently.
In addition to the diagnostics and maintenance scenarios mentioned earlier, UVO eServices includes a few really slick tools for keeping tabs on your vehicle when you're not behind the wheel. Known as Geo Fencing, Speed Watch and Curfew Limits, they constitute My Car Zone, a key feature in UVO eServices. Using the car's GPS and telematics capabilities, each of these tools set limits around how late someone -- a teenage driver, for example -- is allowed to be out on the road, how fast they're able to drive and where they're allowed to go.
An audible alert notifies the driver that a limit is about to be broken. If the limit is exceeded, the next time the owner pairs his or her phone with the car, UVO eServices will provide details on the severity of the violation, along with when and where it took place," Microsoft explained.