Kia Motors unveiled its UVO EV e-Service on January 7 (local time) at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014. The new technology is the upgraded version of its automobile telematics system UVO and supports smart phone-based remote monitoring of an electric vehicle (EV), battery charging reservations, health condition checkups using in-vehicle biosensors, and other features. Also, the service is linked to the navigation system to provide information about the locations of nearby EV charging stations, the distance to empty, and many more. Kia Motors is planning to apply the new system to the Soul EV, which hits the market this year.
At the same time, the automaker suggested a human-centered smart car as its concept for future-oriented vehicles, making use of convergence services such as next-generation voice recognition and bio-signals. For instance, the UVO predicts or suggests the next motion of the driver by means of voice recognition, while the UVO Apps allows smartphones to be used in the vehicle to assist in safe driving.
Kia also unveiled its next-generation infotainment services and technologies associated with safe and convenient driving, which will be put to commercial use within a couple of years. The examples include a vehicle infrared communications service providing traffic information and accident warnings in advance by detecting cars ahead and road infrastructure, the Smart Radio that selects songs according to traffic conditions and the driver’s mood, a full-HD heads-up display, and a system providing daily schedules and online information for the driver. The Motion & Gesture Recognition Switch that allows the car to be controlled with the hand gestures of the driver alone and U-Healthcare that recognizes his or her bio-signals are included in these examples, too.
Kia Motors has participated in the CES since 2009 and run its own exhibition booth there, which is quite rare among automakers. “We will suggest the standard for future vehicles as well as new smart car technologies based on our innovative telematics systems, so that we can be the leader of the market of human-centered smart cars,” the company explained.