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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 lucyfek on 12/31/2009 12:37:36 PM , Rating: 2
they do it the copy paste way,
unfortunately this works only for visuals - they never seems to get the mpgs adequate to the size of their vehicles (visuals also seem a bit off, compared to originals)

RE: No thanks...
By Brandon Hill on 12/31/2009 12:51:15 PM , Rating: 2
unfortunately this works only for visuals - they never seems to get the mpgs adequate to the size of their vehicles


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While a struggling economy has delivered a devastating gut-punch to most of the auto industry, Hyundai has been a stand-out over the past year with a relatively steady stream of progress and positive news. The Korean automaker has just received one more reason to smile—the results of the EPA’s 2009 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) reports—proclaiming it the most fuel-efficient auto manufacturer in the U.S.

Taking the top spot with an overall fuel economy average of 30.1 mpg—making it the only manufacturer in the report to surpass 30 mpg—Hyundai bests the traditional leaders Honda (29.7 mpg), Volkswagen (29.6 mpg), and Toyota (29.4 mpg). Meanwhile, holding down the bottom of the list are Ford (25.7), GM (24.5), and Chrysler (23.2).

Set to be unveiled at the L.A. auto show this week, the 2011 Sonata—with the company’s new direct-injected 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine—and the redesigned Tucson are expected to only improve on Hyundai’s current fuel-economy average.

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