Kia has changed the name of its in-car and app-based telematics system from UVO Connect to Kia Connect. The system has a series of features designed to enhance vehicle connectivity, functionality and user control.

Kia Connect’s suite of on-board technologies can be accessed through the vehicles’ central touchscreen. One of its key features is ‘Online Navigation’ – a service that draws on cloud-based real-time and historical traffic data to predict traffic levels, giving users a more accurate picture of journey times and estimated time of arrival.

Users can also access Kia Connect Live Services, a suite of features that use a wider range of data providers and provide customers with more accurate information. Kia Connect Live Services brings together data from a range of providers for traffic information, parking availability and parking costs, locations and pricing for fuel stations and EV charging points, weather forecasts, online POI search, and speed camera information (speed camera location data depends on the specific market).

The Kia Connect app allows users to remotely access vehicle information via their smartphone – such as trip data and statistics, vehicle location and vehicle lock status. EV owners can use the app to set climate control levels, view their vehicle’s charging status, plan smart charging schedules and check the range radius based on the remaining charge. Users can also check and change their vehicle settings directly from their smartphone, including navigation, radio and Bluetooth preferences. When the ignition is turned on, customers are automatically greeted with their pre-assigned settings.

Users can also access ‘last mile navigation’ and ‘valet parking mode’ functions through the app. ‘Last mile navigation’ helps customers navigate to their final destination via smartphone once their car is parked using Google Maps or augmented reality guidance. Customers can then use the app to navigate from their current location to the location of their parked car. The app’s ‘Valet Parking Mode’ enables customers to monitor their vehicle remotely when it is being driven by someone else.

Kia Connect will be rolled out across Kia’s European line-up over the coming months, while the Kia Connect app will be available for download via the Google Play and Apple App stores.