Where car infotainment systems are taking the driving experience

In your home, you can connect your stereo, television and even your security system to your smartphone. Recognizing the convenience that connected systems bring, innovations in car technology are improving the driving experience while putting many of the car’s important functions all in one convenient place.

Infotainment systems are making life easier on drivers by connecting GPS, safety and entertainment features to the car’s central display. Improvements continue to be made to integrate features that help you get to where you need go, care for your car and keep passengers entertained during long rides.

For example, many Kia Motors vehicles come equipped with the UVO eServices infotainment system, which allows drivers to control entertainment and navigation features using only their voice. Here are a few ways infotainment systems like these are changing the way we drive:

* Hands-free navigation. With these types of systems, it’s no longer necessary to program your destination by hand before you put your car in drive. Instead, you can prompt your navigation system with voice commands, and even send directions from your computer or smartphone using Google Maps so you’re ready to go before you even get to your car.

* Stay up to date on maintenance. While your owner’s manual was once the only place where you could find regular maintenance schedules, new car infotainment systems like UVO make maintenance schedules digital and interactive. The system allows you to run a diagnostic check at any time, and can send you alerts when it’s time for scheduled maintenance.

* No need for cords or connections. Where you once needed to connect your phone or iPod to a jack, Bluetooth technology allows you to seamlessly integrate your smartphone into your car’s infotainment system. And rather than having a passenger operate your smartphone while you drive, infotainment systems use your car’s touch-screen display, and new systems allow you to control everything with voice commands.

* Emergency services. If you need assistance, infotainment systems can help you locate and contact the nearest service station. The UVO system even has a feature that will call 911 automatically if your airbags are deployed, so you’ll get help as soon as possible. If you don’t need assistance, you can cancel the call within 10 seconds.

In-car technology is making it possible to stay connected in a practical way without compromising safety or convenience. This is a great advantage, especially in family vehicles like the 2014 Kia Sorento, which makes it easier to get where you need to go while keeping your little passengers entertained.


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