Kia Motors America showed in Detroit its new in-car communications and entertainment system, “UVO powered by Microsoft,” to be available in select Kia vehicles starting this summer.
The system provides, it is claimed, consumer-friendly voice- and touch-activated experiences for simple management of music files and hands-free mobile phone operation.
Co-developed with Microsoft and based on Windows Embedded Auto software, UVO is an easy-to-use, hands-free solution that allows drivers and passengers to answer and place phone calls, receive and respond to SMS text messages, access music from a variety of media sources as well as create customized music menus.
UVO is just one of a growing number of electronic systems offered by automakers as fatalities from distracted driving rise to record levels. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that 6,000 people died last year and hundred of thousands more were injured in distracted driving accidents.