Posts Tagged ‘Amazon Alexa’

Kia Motors and Google Launch New Kia Service

Thursday, April 29th, 2021
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Kia Motors and the Hyundai Motor Group as a whole are starting to revolutionize the way consumers use and communicate with their cars. Bluetooth wireless technology and voice commands have been around for several years now, but people were using a service or feature, not exactly talking to the car like we talk to Amazon Alexa or Google Home. Kia Motors isn’t quite there yet, but the automaker is inching closer as more technology is made available. Last year it was “Hello Kia”, an Intelligent Personal Agent, and this year it’s a joint venture between Kia and Google.

When you’re working with Google, you’ve finally become a legend. With the new “Kia Service” Google Voice Assistant, everyone with an Android or Google-powered phone with eventually get to use this new feature. Eventually, because the pilot phase for this feature has been launched all the way in Ireland. Why Ireland? Aside from the fact that the “Kia Service” Google Voice Assistant App was jointly developed by Kia Europe and Kia Ireland, I tried to test it on my Google Pixel 4a – no dice.

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Kia Releases Smart Device Features for UVO

Friday, July 10th, 2020
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Kia Motors is one automaker hitting back hard after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down auto manufacturing plants worldwide. Unveiling the new 2021 Kia K5, investing in the production of micro electric vehicles (EVs) and purpose-built vehicles (PBVs), and developing new tech for connected cars with the UVO infotainment system, the automaker has been busy. Most recently, in the Indian Market, Kia Motors is testing a new feature that seems oddly familiar to some of the technology unveiled during the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show.

Although a convention for consumer products and electronics, automakers some times show up at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and it was during this time that Kia debuted its new Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving (R.E.A.D.) system that can monitor driver mood and behavior, and a “Virtual Touch” system, the world’s first virtual touch-type gesture control technology that used finger gestures to operate parts of the vehicle. This technology hasn’t had much spotlight since, but the Kia Seltos became the first vehicle in the Kia Motors lineup to come with an Intelligent Personal Agent built into the vehicle.

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Kia Offering Artificial Intelligence in 2019

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
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Kia has been introducing some futuristic concepts lately. Namely, the Kia Telluride concept. Take a look at the interior. It definitely has a sci-fi look and feel to it. Like Mitsubishi, Kia has also been working on its own AI technology, and we could see vehicles with AI assistants as soon as 2019 if Kia Motors has anything to say about it.

We posted this video a few times on the Miami Lakes Automall blog, but so that no one has to go looking through the archives, here’s the concept movie Mitsubishi put out for its literal smart car with a virtual assistant.

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Back in August, word was that Kia and Hyundai, being that the two are a part of the Hyundai Motor Group, struck a deal with a company called Kakao. If the name doesn’t sound familiar, don’t worry, we’ll recap. Back when the contract between Kakao, Kia, and Hyundai was signed, we talked a little about the business. Kakao, most well-known for its messaging app, Kakao Talk,” is a business built around communication, media and content, entertainment, and transportation. Constantly improving their product lineup with state-of-the-art technology, they’re currently working on AI technology that will be integrated in select cars by Hyundai and Kia.

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Kia Motors Wiping Up the Auto Market with Awards

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
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Miami Lakes Kia Motors Awards

It seems Kia Motors has been making rounds lately, as they keep bringing better and better news to the public. It wasn’t too long ago that Kia Motors as a whole gained the top spot in J.D. Power and Associates’ Initial Quality Study. Earlier this year, a few of their vehicles gained some spotlight, such as safety for the Kia Cadenza, Best Budget vehicle for the Kia Soul. Just this past month, some more good news has come for Kia.

Top Shopped

Looking for some of the best brands in the automotive world? According to Jumpstart Automotive Media, an organization that highlights the vehicle segments, makes, and models that captured the largest share of online car shoppers during the first half of 2017 points out Toyota, Tesla, and Kia Motors. This year alone, to date, Kia has raised its overall brand share to 3.1 percent, which is a 36 percent increase compared to June of last year. Much of this can be thanks to its recently launched new 2017 hybrid subcompact SUV Niro, its redesigned Rio model, along with the popular Kia Soul and Sorento models.

“New and redesigned models will often win the attention of car and truck shoppers, especially when new styles, features and performance are highlighted … That being said, we’re keeping a close eye on the subcompact utility space, which offers a unique blend of versatility, comfort, value and functionality that appeals to a wide range of consumers.” – Libby Murad-Patel, Jumpstart vice president marketing and strategic insights.

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