KIA’s UVO2 Entertainment Interface System offers drivers options of control from the main interface, the steering wheel and through voice commands. The system pairs with smartphones to provide a wide range of services and features.
Finding radio stations and stored music is easy with this interface as the menus and controls allow for easy scanning and access. The 4.3-inch full color TFT interface touch screen is wide enough and the display is clear and crisp. Included with the standard system are FM/AM radio, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, multi-disk CD player and Bluetooth connectivity.
Users can easily select radio stations, CD tracks, SIRIUS categories and the Jukebox mode that automatically restores the most recently played song. Sockets are available for USB, iPod, Zune and BT Audio.
By plugging in an iPod, Zune or USB device, users can listen to remotely stored music and they can copy songs from MP3 CDs into their Jukebox list.
In addition, UVO 2 users can pair their wireless Bluetooth device with the entertainment interface. By pressing the MEDIA key, they can stream music wirelessly from any Bluetooth device using the interface to pause and restart the playlist.
The smartphone setup provides access to eServices, a selection of 14 remote services offered to UVO 2 users. Among some of the eService offerings are: traffic reports, roadside assistance, crash notification assistance, manual and automatic diagnostics, owner’s guide, maintenance guide, tourist navigation, speed alerts, driver’s information, curfew limit, and parking assistance.
Users can pair up to five phones to the system with the first phone acting as the priority phone unless changed.
The UVO interface features Speaker Adaptation that gradually maximizes user voice recognition by creating speaker profiles. The Voice Command system consists of General Commands, Phone Commands, FM/AM Radio Commands, SIRIUS Commands, Jukebox Commands and Media Commands.
For example, if someone wants to use voice commands to make a phone call, they first press the “Talk” button on the steering wheel. Then, they give the voice command ‘Call [name]’ or ‘Dial [number].’
Steering wheel controls
In addition to accepting voice and main interface commands, the UVO entertainment interface also features a steering wheel control set with 12.3-inch full color head-up display. The steering wheel sports a human-machine interface (HMI) haptic control system for both displays. These haptic controls detect user tactile and force feedback so that the driver can operate the entertainment and information system without taking their eyes off the road.
Updates and apps
Microsoft designed the entertainment interface for easy system updates. Users simply save the update files from the Microsoft website to their USB flash drive, plug the drive into the entertainment interface socket, and then press the appropriate selections to begin the update. Once the files upload, the user turns the interface off and on again to reboot the system. They can also use the USB flash drive to upload apps designed specifically for this system.
In this way, the system continuously expands and improves. One possible future upgrade to the interface might be live mobile digital TV installed in the rear head rest.