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Google Maps will come integrated in newest Kia cars, Sorento first to get it in Q1 2013

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Google Maps will come integrated in newest Kia cars, Sorento first to get it in Q1 2013
Kia Motors has announced that it will integrate Google Maps for navigation in its newest car models, in what it says will become the second generation of its UVO eServices system.

This year’s Kia Sorento expected to go on sale in Q1 2013 will be the first car to come with Google Maps on board and the new platform will allow the user to easily send directions and places from their smartphones to the system.

The same interface will also deliver entertainment like music, hands-free features and better voice recognition.

Google Maps will bring not just directions but points of interest with Google Places.

Car makers have been actively integrating various technologies like Navteq’s navigation and maps from Nokia in the latest BMW, Mercedes and Hyundai, and Apple’s Siri in GM’s Chevrolet.

source: KIA via The Next Web

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posted on 02 Jan 2013, 09:09 7

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


Sweet :)
Just port it into Bentley and sold!!! :D

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 09:21 1

2. amiaq (Posts: 496; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


iDare Apple to put the iMap in retaliation!!

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 12:47 1

4. jaoowolabi (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


Oh joy one of those guys who brings up Apple in every article

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 10:49

3. Dr.Phil (Posts: 924; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


It would be really interesting to see if auto manufacturers put some kind of version of Google Now into the navigation system along with Google's Voice Search. I mean we are already going to see Siri-integration in some Chevrolet vehicles.

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 12:57 2

5. itzmando (Posts: 114; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Honda better jump on this bandwagon like Kia and form a partnership with Google to use their mapping.

I would love to see google maps on a Honda product or its Acura division. Two products I would happily buy! :D

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 14:07 3

6. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5634; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


KIA makes pretty nice cars now. my mom has a 2011 Optima and it gets great gas mileage for it's class even with turbo.

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 16:25

7. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Will the new W222 2013 S Class be getting google maps? That surely has to considering it is pretty much the techno-laden gadget car king on the road.

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 23:43

8. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


it's about time...unfortunately ill have to pass on KIA.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 02:09

9. tiara6918 (Posts: 1499; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I hope other car manufacturers would also have google maps, the navigation on mitsubishi sucks

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 02:13

10. roscuthiii (Posts: 1863; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


I never wanted to like a brand that, to me, stands for "killed in action"... however, KIA has won me over. They have really proven to be on the ball lately. Keep it up KIA.

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