ENFIELD, Conn. (WGGB) – For many across the country, driving is a rite of passage that comes with being a teenager.
That parent you thought you left at home might actually be able to control how you drive if Kia “Your Voice” or “UVO” technology has anything to do with it.
“If you’re able to keep your hands on the wheel, eyes on the road, bottom line you might be able to avoid that accident which you might not be able to do if you’re reaching for the radio,” said John Bruso, Sales Manager at the Gary Rome Kia Dealership in Enfield, Conn.
He says the next generation of Kia’s UVO models could do as much as text using your voice, allow parents to regulate the speed. Similar to Facebook’s Geotagging, Geo fencing could draw zones on a map and send them messages when their teens drive off into certain neighborhoods.
“With the push of a button, you’ll voice your text; the system will recognize it and translate it to text. That’s what we’re hoping. Anytime a parent can know if somebody, whoever’s operating the vehicle is driving recklessly, and that’s a good thing,” Bruso added.
It’s similar to Ford’s SYNC and GM’s OnStar in that the vehicle responds to voice commands.
You would press a button on the steering wheel, wait for the car’s response, reply, and it would follow the command that you give it.
Some parents say that’s something they would really look forward to in a new car for their teens.
“If they told me that they’re going somewhere, then went somewhere else, that would be really good,” chimed Michael Harris.
Before you start panicking about your car literally tracking your every move, Bruso says you would be able to turn those features off.
Although nothing is set in stone yet, those ideas are still in development for Kia’s 2014 UVO models.