With UVO Skill, Unite Your Smart Car With Your Smart House

By Product Expert | Posted in Just For Fun, Kia Niro, Kia Optima, Kia Soul on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 9:57 pm
rear view of the 2018 Kia Niro parked in a semi-desert environment

Can Alexa remote start a Kia?

Phones, cars and houses are all getting smarter every day, and new technology to allow all these things and places to talk to each other is constantly evolving. As our houses get more and more connected it is easier than ever to just give a command and have music, interior temperature, and lighting change as we please. But now some of that integration can also extend to your vehicles. If you have ever asked “Can Alexa remote start a Kia? Or change the temperature in my car?” the answer is now yes! Select Kia vehicles equipped with UVO technology will be able to integrate with your Amazon Alexa system and be controlled with simple voice commands.

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What commands can I give my Kia through UVO Skill?

This feature is called UVO Skill. While we assume that it will evolve as technology grows, there are some simple voice commands Kia drivers can use with their vehicle from the comfort of their own home using an Amazon Alexa device like Echo or Echo Dot. This system requires that they set up the UVO Skill option using the Alexa companion app (which also means that strangers won’t be able to control your car remotely). Commands that will be enabled include:

  • Locking and unlocking doors
  • Remote start and climate control adjustment
  • Honking the horn
  • Flashing the headlights
  • Controlling when charging starts or stops

“We constantly strive to find new ways to make our vehicles more user-friendly,” says Orth Hedrick, vice president, planning & strategy, Kia Motors America, in a recent Kia press release. “The UVO Skill for Alexa makes it easier and more convenient for owners of compatible Kias to use their vehicles. The UVO Skill is one more enhanced feature that reflects Kia’s forward-thinking spirit.”

What Kia vehicles can respond to Alexa voice commands?

At the moment several hybrid vehicles in the Kia lineup that come with UVO will be compatible with this technology. These include the 2018 Niro Plug-In Hybrid, 2017 and 2018 Optima Plug-In Hybrid, 2017 and 2018 Kia Soul EV, and the elite K900 from the 2016 and 2017 model years.

If you live in the Daphne AL area and would like to learn more about this Alexa and Kia teamwork, be sure to contact Team Gunther Kia today.