Vodafone to ‘connect’ Hyundai and Kia cars from 2019
Sister brands Hyundai and Kia have entered a new pan-European partnership with British multinational telecommunications conglomerate Vodafone to provide customers with fully-connected in-car infotainment and connected car service.
The strategic partnership gives both OEMs access to Vodafones technical expertise to enhance the in-car experience for European drivers. Vodafone’s IoT network will be the backbone for the development of the latest in new telematics technology.
The system relies on embedded connectivity provided by Vodafone. Amongst the services on offer are real-time traffic information, parking and location services, vehicle diagnostics, and voice control. The system works in parallel with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to deliver seamless smartphone integration, and access to users favourite apps.
“This strategic partnership will enable us to offer many more drivers maximum connectivity at the wheel, supported by a comprehensive European data network. The system will launch across Europe next year with the arrival of upcoming Hyundai and Kia models, meaning customers will have the most accurate and relevant information at their fingertips”, commented Jungsik Suh, Senior Vice President of ICT Division at Hyundai Motor Group.
Said Vodafone’s Director of IoT, Stefano Gastaut: “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. Were delighted to include Hyundai and Kia Motors as partners in this fast-evolving market.”