Kia and Hyundai partner with Vodafone

Kia and Hyundai Motors have entered a new pan-European strategic partnership with Vodafone to provide customers in the UK and across Europe with fully-connected in-car infotainment and connected car service.

The strategic partnership enables both car manufacturers to tap into Vodafone’s technical expertise, and offer connected in-car infotainment services to their European drivers. Kia and Hyundai will use Vodafone’s IoT network to deploy its service across Europe.

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

The system relies on embedded connectivity provided by Vodafone to make life easier for vehicle owners. The services include up-to-the-minute traffic information, parking and location services, vehicle diagnostics, and voice control. The system works in parallel with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to deliver smartphone integration.

Vodafone’s 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. We’re delighted to include Hyundai and Kia Motors as partners in this fast-evolving market.’