Kia is the latest car manufacturer to announce it will expand CarPlay support with two more models. In particular, Kia says that it is adding CarPlay support for the 2017 Sportage and 2016 Optima — as long as they pack the proper infotainment system.
Adding to the constant evolution in telematics and infotainment, Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced that the 2017 Sportage and 2016 Optima, when equipped with a compatible navigation system or UVO3, will be offered with Apple CarPlay® compatibility when the vehicles arrive at Kia retailers during the second quarter. Additionally, customers who have previously purchased the 2017 Sportage or 2016 Optima equipped with a compatible navigation system or UVO3 will be provided with a downloadable update via myuvo.com that will be available beginning in the third quarter.
As Kia notes, the 2017 Sorento is currently the only vehicle it has on offer that comes pre-loaded with CarPlay. The company also promises that it will offer a similar CarPlay update for other vehicle models later this year.
While Apple announced CarPlay at its 2013 WWDC, the iPhone-powered infotainment system has been fairly slow to roll out since. However, over the past year, we've seen the pace of adoption pick up as a slew of manufacturers have opted to hop on board the CarPlay bandwagon.