Kia's UVO has been rolled out to generally appreciative audiences, the head-unit system combining with your smartphone to provide a wide range of voice-command operation. Kia boffins have returned to the lab, though, to develop a second-gen UVO interface that doesn't require your phone to be fully functional.

Sounding like an extension of Windows Phone 7 (UVO uses Windows software as a base), Ward's Auto described its preview of UVO's next-gen as featuring "a screen that, like a tablet computer, lets the user choose from a series of icons and change screens by swiping a fingertip." The system will be fully voice controlled, and will able to download applications. A Kia rep said that UVO could access the information on a paired phone, but the smartphone connection would be optional.

The next generation is meant to be viable for all of Kia's international markets, whereas this first generation was developed specifically for the United States. From this initial report it sounds like it will provide a more comprehensive experience, which is good for everyone – but we wonder if it will still force you to choose between UVO and in-dash nav.


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      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Sounding like an extension of Windows Phone 7" - I hope so. Best UI out there today IMO. For the price that some of these systems run, it's ridiculous that they tie you to a particular brand of phone (looking at you Pioneer).
      mburfeind
      • 3 Years Ago
      i'm not really sure what the news is here... so you can use or not use your phone for infotainment? sounds like a lot of other systems out there. any idea it has the capabilities leverage the phone for real-time info like traffic, POIs, etc?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good idea now that everyone has a smart phone.
      Greg
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish they'd just stop with this nonsense. My car is not an iPod / iPad / iPhone, and I don't want it to be. Touch screens have their uses, like selecting locations on a GPS, but in nearly every case, real physical buttons/knobs are superior. Ever try to use voice commands when someone else is in the car? That's an exercise in ridiculousness.
        Jonathan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Greg
        I'd much rather have buttons that touchscreen any day. Try changing the radio without looking in a car with touchscreen. I 100% agree with your comment sir.
          stclair5211
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jonathan
          Try doing it when the sun hits it just right. I agree with you Sir!
      Fonin
      • 3 Years Ago
      we have this UVO on our 2012 sorento. it's nice but need a lot of refining. the screen is not very high res, it has problems sometimes with lining the BT phone, and you cannot link phone when moving. its powered by micorsoft but does not have anything like WMP built in or it would better handle the interface and the media. i liek to give my kids the phone so they can run the jukebox from the backseat. Also UVO has built in memory but its less than 1G which is sad considering how cheap flash mem is. Also it confuses track information from my thumb drive, that was loaded by WMP the interface is lacking as well, i would prefer a better unit and spend another $200. looking forward to firmware updates.
      • 3 Years Ago
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