Google Maps Integration Coming to Kia Vehicles, Explained by Salazar Kia

Kia recently announced a partnership with Google Maps, and vehicles equipped with the integration will soon be available at Salazar Kia in Avondale, AZ.

Online PR News – 24-January-2013 – Phoenix, AZ – Kia Motors America (KMA) recently announced that it will partner with Google to enhance its UVO in-car connectivity system. The all-new UVO system equipped with Google Maps and other Google search-based solutions will be offered in the 2014 Kia Sorento, which will be available soon at Salazar Kia in Avondale, AZ.

"The newest iteration of the UVO platform is a breakthrough as one of the industry's first mobile pure app-based telematics systems, and now with the Google solutions and APIs (Application Program Interfaces), we take the platform to yet another level of enhancement for the Kia customer," said Henry Bzeih , KMA head of UVO and chief technology strategist. "Due to the popularity and ease-of-use of Google Maps, owners can remain confident in the technology and information being delivered to them."

The UVO system will now feature Google integration, which provides the driver with the convenience and reliability of Google Maps and Google Places. Many drivers are already familiar with these applications, which will now easily integrate into their vehicles to provide direction and location information with unparalleled ease of use.

The Google-powered UVO system extends well beyond the confines of the vehicle. Drivers are able to utilize the Points of Interest (POI) function when they are outside their vehicle from their computer or smartphone. When a driver selects POI and has the information sent to his/her smartphone, the destination will be waiting for them when they get in their car to depart. By linking a phone with Bluetooth the UVO system, the vehicle uses Google to pick up the destination that is selected with Google Maps and seamlessly send it to the vehicle’s navigation system.

To learn more about Kia’s UVO system powered by Google, visit Salazar Kia in Avondale, AZ. For purchasing information on a new or used Kia, visit the Arizona dealer online at or call 623-237-9730.

About Salazar Kia
Salazar Kia is proud to be a preferred Kia dealer in Phoenix, Arizona. Our dealership provides a large inventory of Kia cars, as well as Kia service and parts to all surrounding areas. Whether you are shopping for a new, used, or certified Kia car, crossover, or van, we are sure to have what you are looking for.

In addition to being your Avondale Kia dealer, we also have a large service department with convenient hours to meet your needs. Our knowledgeable and experienced mechanics are readily available to provide maintenance and repairs to all Kia models.