Montreal, Quebec – Kia Canada has unveiled its “UVO powered by Microsoft” system at the Montreal International Auto Show. UVO, short for “your voice,” is a voice- and touch-activated system for simple management of music files and hands-free mobile phone operation, and will be available in select Kia vehicles starting this spring.

UVO users will be able to access media content and connect with people through simple, quick voice commands without having to navigate through menus. By supporting complex grammar, UVO needs only short voice commands, such as “What’s playing?”, and provides audible answers and related functions.

The UVO interface features a 4.3-inch full-colour display that provides detailed information on media content, phonebook data and vehicle information, and doubles as a rearview camera when the shifter is put into Reverse. UVO is an open platform that seamlessly integrates with a wide variety of mobile phones, music players and other devices.

UVO will debut this spring on the all-new 2011 Sportage and Optima and will be extended to additional vehicles as part of the brand’s technological evolution.

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