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It looks pretty cool, full integration with IPhone or Android, access to vehicle diagnostics, fault codes, maintenance requirements etc.. It looks like this may put the MyFord Microsoft system to shame. Check out the details:

Kia launching Uvo 2.0 in 2014 Sorento
 

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Makes one wonder if we can get this installed on older models of the Sorento that already HAVE the UVO system but not the one listed above.
 

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Would be cool if there was a software upgrade for the earlier UVO system. It's just running embedded Windows CE so it should be theoretically possible if there's no radical change in the physical hardware. Personally, I could do without the Onstar-esque 911 feature (which can also be used to spy on the occupants), but the onboard diagnostics feature is cool.

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I agree, diagnostic readouts are a great idea. Every car does constant diagnostics, monitoring and fault code generation/storage, but the problem is you need a code reader and most likely a trip to the shop to know what the problem is. With this new interface, you get a check engine or one of the "non check engine" codes, you should be able to identify the problem yourself. And in the case of little issues like "gas cap isn't screwed on properly, vent purge solenoid error", it really sucks to pay the dealer $100 to tell you to tighten your gas cap - this should eliminate those annoyances.

And the app to connect your smart phone, that is perfect and all other manufacturer's are no doubt scurrying to produce their own version of this, looks like Kia will be the first.
 

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I agree, diagnostic readouts are a great idea. Every car does constant diagnostics, monitoring and fault code generation/storage, but the problem is you need a code reader and most likely a trip to the shop to know what the problem is. With this new interface, you get a check engine or one of the "non check engine" codes, you should be able to identify the problem yourself. And in the case of little issues like "gas cap isn't screwed on properly, vent purge solenoid error", it really sucks to pay the dealer $100 to tell you to tighten your gas cap - this should eliminate those annoyances.

And the app to connect your smart phone, that is perfect and all other manufacturer's are no doubt scurrying to produce their own version of this, looks like Kia will be the first.
One of the beauties of the CAN bus is that this *should* be an all software change with the exception of anything that needs the ability to phone home or needs larger screen real estate. All the diagnostics stuff should just plain work once the software hooks are there.

I don't want 911, telematics, or any kind of BS OEM nav system. The stuff you get for FREE from google on any Android phone blows away any embedded system currently available and is constantly updated at no charge. Car companies should just provide the hooks to your fancy mobile device which will always be years ahead of anything they could stuff in there.

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