02. Kia UVO
Kia UVO was also a joint Microsoft initiative, and it offers some similar functionality when compared against SYNC. UVO is more focused on providing voice control over a car’s multimedia systems than in providing the same broad-based features found in the Ford system, but like SYNC it does allow for text messages to be read out loud over a vehicle’s stereo speakers, and it also offers full Bluetooth integration and voice command functionality for making hands free calls. A call log and phone book are additionally provided, which helps to reduce fumbling with a mobile device and keeps Kia drivers that much more focused on the road around them.
When UVO is finally rolled out in the Spring of 2011, it will not require a subscription.