KIA MOTERS ENTER STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH VODAFONE

Kia Motors have entered a new pan-European strategic partnership with Vodafone to provide customers in the UK and across Europe with fully-connected in-car infotainment and connected car service.

The strategic partnership enables Kia to tap into Vodafone’s technical expertise, and offer connected in-car infotainment services to their European drivers. Kia will use Vodafone’s IoT network to deploy their proprietary service across Europe, enabling customers to benefit from the latest in new telematics technology.

The new infotainment system will launch on selected new Kia models in Europe from 2019.

The system relies on embedded connectivity provided by Vodafone to make life easier for vehicle owners. The services include up-to-the-minute traffic information, parking and location services, vehicle diagnostics, and voice control. The system works in parallel with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ to deliver seamless smartphone integration, and access to users’ favourite apps.

“This strategic partnership will enable us to offer many more drivers maximum connectivity at the wheel, supported by a comprehensive European data network. The system will launch across Europe next year with the arrival of upcoming Kia models, meaning customers will have the most accurate and relevant information at their fingertips,” said Jungsik Suh, Senior Vice President of ICT Division.

Vodafone’s Director of IoT, Stefano Gastaut, said: “We are proud to be working with Kia Motors to enhance the driving experience for their customers in Europe. Vodafone has extensive experience in providing connected car solutions to the automotive industry, helping car manufacturers continually innovate their in-car technology and customer experience. We’re delighted to include Kia Motors as partners in this fast-evolving market.”