Kia to roll out Apple CarPlay in Europe from Q3 2016

At the Geneva International Motor Show, Kia announced that its entire range of cars in Europe will offer Apple CarPlay by the end of 2017. The Niro hybrid crossover — which will make its debut in Q3 — will be the first car to feature Apple CarPlay, with the Optima Plug-In Hybrid and Optima Sportswagon following later this year.

From Kia Europe COO Michael Cole:

In-car connectivity is increasingly important to our buyers, who are young-at-heart and often seek the latest technologies on offer. It makes a great deal of sense to offer full Android and Apple compatibility so our customers can use a wide range of smartphone functions in a safe and seamless way. Kia is integrating these technologies to let drivers maintain their concentration on the road ahead.

The cars also come with the TomTom-powered Kia Connected Services feature, which offers live traffic updates, speed camera locations and alerts, local point-of-interest search and weather forecasts. The Connected Services feature will be available to buyers free of charge for seven years from the date of purchase.

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