Kia expands offer of free Apple CarPlay software updates

Kia Motors America (KMA) says free Apple CarPlay and Android Auto software updates will be available for eligible vehicles when equipped with a compatible navigation system or UVO, short for Your Voice.

The voice-activated media controller system operates the ride's infotainment options, such as the HD radio, CD player and built-in digital jukebox. It also can interface with your Bluetooth-enabled phone. Customers will be notified by the end of July via email to go to for vehicle eligibility and step-by-step instructions on updating their vehicle with the latest downloadable software.  All owners of new and pre-owned vehicles must register at to receive email notifications that the software is available for download.

The following vehicles are eligible for the software update: Forte (MY17), Optima (MY15-16), Optima Hybrid (MY15-16), Sedona (MY15-16), Soul (MY14-16), Soul EV (MY15-16), Sorento (MY16), and Sportage (MY17). CarPlay gives drivers the ability to access the iPhone’s user interface through Kia's UVO infotainment system. 

By connecting the smartphone into the USB port, users are able to make phone calls, access music, send and receive messages, get directions optimized for traffic conditions and more while staying focused on the road. CarPlay also features hands-free support via Siri voice control or the vehicle's controls and touchscreen.