Kia Motors India has entered into an agreement with Vodafone-IDEA to offer its UVO connected car services in India. The company will use the expertise developed by Vodafone for automotive IoT (internet of things) to offer various telematic and connected services to its customers in addition to collecting data from its cars of company use.
Vodafone-IDEA will offer services using e-SIMS with voice, 4G/3G data, SMS, Secured APN services and API integration. This will allow Kia cars to exchange real time data with the company. The various services that Kia will offer its customers are; AI voice command, stolen vehicle tracking and immobilization, auto collision notification, SOS-emergency assistance, remote engine start and stop, remotely operated air purifier and in-car air quality monitor, safety alerts for geo fence, time fence, speed and valet.
Manohar Bhat, Vice President and Head – Sales and Marketing, Kia Motors India said, “Kia Motors India aims to enhance the in-cabin and driving experience of our customers and we are confident that this partnership will enable them to be able to fully experience the array of connected and interactive features provided by UVO connect seamlessly, anywhere and everywhere.” On the other hand Nick Gliddon, Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Vodafone Idea Limited said, “As industry and consumers adapt to this digital disruption, it gives Vodafone Idea Business Services an opportunity to introduce end-to-end IoT solutions to our automobile partners. Our global expertise and deep understanding of Indian consumers helped us to work closely with Kia Motors and make connected cars a reality for Kia Motors in India.”