Google Maps Reportedly Come Integrated Into Kia Cars With Places In 2013

Just a few weeks ago Google has once again introduced an updated version of its Maps app for iOS devices along with some great features, apart this, have you ever thought about using Google Maps on your cars. In fact, the Kia Motors America has signed an agreement with the Google that they are interested in integration of Maps and Places content / search-based solutions into its UVO eServices telematics system. Details after the jump!

This is a matter where you are when you should have access to comprehensive, accurate and useful information when you’re behind the wheels. Today, Hundai Motors Groups has joined the ranks of leading auto manufacturers making Google Maps technology available for their drivers. Me, being an Hundai Elentra owner will soon be having the ability to use Google Send-to-Car feature and have the local search along with the voice search integrated into the Car.


Kia Motors has announced that it will integrate Google Maps for navigation in its newest car models. In fact this Kia 2014 Sorento is expected to go on sale in Q1 of this year and will be the first car to come with official Google Maps on board – with the first new features being driving directions and POI location powered by Google Maps and Google Places.

The new platform will allow the user to easily send directions and places from their smartphones to the system. Not only that, but the interface will thereafter etertain you with music, hands-free features and better voice recognition. All depends on Google Places and Maps. Users will also be able to send a POI or a destination to their car using a smartphone app, find the newest Kia dealership using Google Places, and control their on-board navigation system through voice commands.


“Voice search enables drivers to easily find destinations, while Google Maps and Google Places APIs – used to power additional trip planning services – give drivers even more ways to find restaurants, stores and other points of interest while on-the-go.”


Kia plans to introduce UVO eServices into other models in its lineup, including the 2014 Forte Sedan. Now would be the time to start looking at Kia cars if you really love Google Maps. (Via Mashable)