KIA Motors has announced that Google Assistant will be coming to their EVO Infotainment system on select 2018 model cars. The integration means that owners will be able to leverage Google Assistant to issue Actions to their car and get information on their car.
“Our customers inspired this latest enhancement to the Kia ownership experience,” said Henry Bzeih, director, connected car & mobility services, strategy & planning, KMA. “With more people using smart technology at home and work, it was a natural extension to bring this easy to use and widely adapted platform to the driver’s seat. With a simple voice command, Kia owners can interface with their vehicles in the same manner they use the Google Assistant in their homes.”
The new integration will be available the K9002, Soul EV1, Niro PHEV, and the Optima PHEV this year.
For owners of these KIA vehicles, they will be able to leverage Assistant from their phone or Google Home to complete actions like, “Hey Google, tell EVO to start my KIA” for remote starting. You will also be able to remote lock your KIA.
Of course, Assistant will be available inside the car as well given that the EVO Infotainment System will have Assistant built in and can respond to action requests.