Kia has released an updated ‘Phase II’ version of its UVO Connect telematics system in the latest model of the Stonic. The manufacturer said this update sees a larger 8in touchscreen display offered as standard, with the system now also featuring Bluetooth multi-connection, which enables users to connect up to two mobile devices at the same time – one for hands-free phone and media use, the other for media use only. The system also offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
With the updated telematics system comes a range of services including live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest (POIs), fuel prices and details of potential on- and off-street parking – including price, location and availability – and voice recognition lets users search for POIs, addresses, weather updates, or send text messages with voice commands. The navigation routing system is now cloud based, which the auto maker says provides more accurate information on potential disruptions.
Kia’s UVO App has been updated in line with the Phase II upgrade and which now includes features such as Last Mile Navigation. Additionally, a profile transfer feature enables users to back-up their in-vehicle UVO preferences via the cloud and transfer settings from one vehicle to the next, the idea being this option will be a boon for users such as fleet drivers.
The upgraded Stonic also features several of Kia’s latest advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS), depending on specification, including various collision avoidance modes, driver attention warnings and blind spot assist functions.