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South Korea's Hyundai Kia Automotive Group has announced a long awaited rival infotainment system to the Ford SYNC, dubbbed UVO, Like SYNC, the new system is powered by Microsoft Auto.  (Source: Hyundai Kia AG via Engadget)
It's Episode I of the Attack of the SYNC Clones

For the last year and a half, SYNC, an infotainment system, has been driving stronger vehicle sales at Ford.  Many consumers jumped at the chance to add the feature, which brought cutting edge technology like voice operated music to the car for the first time, while offering many familiar commands like turn-by-turn directions and phone calls, with a voice activated twist.

However, Ford was not the first automaker internationally to deploy a system based on Microsoft Auto, the OS underlying SYNC (that honor goes to Italy's Fiat SpA), and it seemed unlikely that it would be the last.  Now after over a year of preparation and discussions with Microsoft, South Korea's Hyundai Kia Automotive Group is getting a similar system.

Microsoft and Hyundai Kia announced a new system called UVO (for "your voice") that should be soon incoming to vehicles according to Engadget.  Similar to SYNC, the system will likely fulfill a variety of infotainment roles.

Even as Ford prepares to announce new SYNC features at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, next month, Hyundai Kia and Microsoft are expected to have a showcase announcement for UVO as well.

Details are currently scarce about the new system.  It should be interesting to see how it stacks up against the latest iteration of SYNC.  If the 2000's could be called the decade of horsepower wars, it appears that the upcoming decade may be called the decade of car-tech wars.

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RE: No thanks...
By R6Raven on 12/31/2009 11:09:10 AM , Rating: 2
My point exactly - Who would have thought a decade ago that Hyundai was capable of the Genesis Coupe?

RE: No thanks...
By Brandon Hill on 12/31/2009 11:57:02 AM , Rating: 2
I know! It's quite amazing to say the least. Couple the great product with the amazing bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranty and you really can't go wrong.

It's a damn shame that some people are still stuck in the past when it comes to Hyundai though.

RE: No thanks...
By HighWing on 12/31/2009 3:12:58 PM , Rating: 2
It's a damn shame that some people are still stuck in the past when it comes to Hyundai though.

I would have to say that is because while their current offerings are improved, those poor quality cars that gave them that rep. are still on the road and sitting on used car lots. And sales people are of course quick to try and sell them off as the same quality as their current models to people who don't know any better. Thus the poor rep. propagates

RE: No thanks...
By Samus on 12/31/2009 6:05:00 PM , Rating: 3
My sister's 2003 Elantra's brakes cost $2000 to replace. The rotor and hub steel is such low quality that they corroded together and requires new hubs, bearings, rotors, pads, and one of the calipers froze because a boot ripped.

Amazingly, it's one of many common issues with that generation of Elantra when exposed to climates where salt is used on roads (in this case, Chicago)

You can engineer something all you want, but if its made with crap material, it's going to be a crap product.

RE: No thanks...
By rudy on 12/31/2009 12:11:30 PM , Rating: 2
I think lots of people why is it that humans seem utterly incapable of noticing obvious trends. A country rises produces a cheap industry of which companies develop into fast growing companies and eventually have a good name for themself. Korea is just the same as Japan it is only 10 - 20 years behind. After that we will probably see the Chinese take their position.

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