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Ever wonder if you locked your car or hate the feeling of getting into a cold car on a chilly morning? Well Kia is now giving owners the ability to check if their car is locked or even turn on the climate control without even having to step outside your house. Kia has announced that a few of its models will now feature the new Google Assistant.

2018 Kia Soul EV

Kia’s UVO infotainment system has been integrated with the Google Assistant on a few of its 2018 models: The 2018 Niro plug-in hybrid, Soul EV, Optima plug-in hybrid and K900.

The UVO Agent can be easily set up through the Google Assistant or Google Home app. Simple voice commands are all that’s needed to control your compatible Kia model and allows the user to access a variety of functions. Commands include, “Tell UVO to start my Soul EV,” or “Tell UVO to lock my Niro.” UVO Agent features include Remote Start/Stop Engine, Remote Climate Control, Remote Charge Start/Stop, Remote Horn and Lights and Remote Lock.

“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.”

Source: Kia