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At CES 2010, Kia and Microsoft unveiled Kia UVO, which is powered by Microsoft. UVO is part of Microsoft Windows Embedded Technologies and is a system for voice-activation and touch-activation.
Short for “Your Voice,” UVO allows users to control numerous devices in a car such as the radio, CD player, devices that can plug into the USB-connected drive located in the center console, and more. In addition, users can place and receive calls and stream media over their phones if they connect to the system with Bluetooth.
In the above video, a Microsoft representative demonstrates the voice-command features by telling the system to call Bill Gates. Windows Embedded Auto is capable of recognizing contacts in a person’s phonebook as well as spoken digits.
Although UVO does not have all the features of Sync and MyFord’s technology, Microsoft said Kia wants to keep costs low and affordable. You can expect to see UVO in Kia vehicles later this fall.