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Kia and Hyundai announce Vodafone connected car partnership

Date: 20 November 2018   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Kia and Hyundai have agreed a strategic partnership with Vodafone to provide customers in the UK and Europe with fully-connected in-car infotainment and  services.

The manufacturers will use Vodafone's IoT network to deploy their proprietary service across Europe, offering the latest telematics technology. 

The new infotainment system will launch on selected new Kia and Hyundai models from 2019.

Services to be offered include traffic information, parking and location services, vehicle diagnostics and voice control.

The system works together with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to deliver smartphone integration and access to users' apps.

Hyundai ICT division senior vice-president Jungsik Suh said: "This strategic partnership will enable us to offer many more drivers maximum connectivity at the wheel, supported by a comprehensive European data network." 

Vodafone director of IoT Stefano Gastaut said: "We are proud to be working with both Hyundai and 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."