Kia announced today that it will make CarPlay and Android Auto available as a free update for a number of select 2014 to 2017 model year Kia vehicles. The eligible vehicles come equipped with UVO3 or a compatible navigation system.
The new U.S. models eligible for the CarPlay update specifically, in addition to the 2017 Sorento and Sportage, include the 2017 Forte, 2015-16 Optima, 2015-16 Optima Hybrid, 2015-16 Sedona, 2014-16 Soul, and 2015-16 Soul EV.
“With the advanced growth of telematics and infotainment systems, Kia is excited to offer to more of our customers the opportunity to have the latest software update for their vehicle free of charge via myuvo.com,” said Henry Bzeih, Managing Director Connected & Mobility Services, KMA. “Providing CarPlay and Android Auto to a greater number of vehicles in our lineup will revitalize our current owners’ systems with an additional element of convenience while maximizing the benefits of connectivity.”
The software update will be made available for download from the UVO Home website by the end of July. Kia says it will notify customers who are signed up for email notifications via UVO Home when the software is available for downloading.