September 15

Everything You Need to Know About the Apple CarPlay Update



What is Apple CarPlay?

For those consumers who previously missed out on Apple CarPlay, you might be wondering exactly what benefits this technology provides. Built into the inner workings of your vehicle, Apple CarPlay is designed to assist you during your commute. CarPlay can navigate to your destination, read incoming messages, stream the music of your choice, and much more.
The technology can be controlled via Siri voice control, selecting icons from your car’s touch screen, using the short-cut buttons on your steering wheel, and turning knobs on your car’s entertainment system. The easy operation creates a safer driving experience by allowing the driver to focus on traffic and keeping their hands on the wheel at all times.

How to Download

Kia owners are being offered a free update that will allow for the integration of this exciting new technology. The update is offered to a range of models manufactured between 2014 and 2017. The eligible models include:

  • 2014-16 Soul
  • 2015-16 Soul EV
  • 2015-16 Sedona
  • 2015-16 Optima Hybrid
  • 2015-16 Optima
  • 2016 Sorento
  • 2017 Forte
  • 2017 Sportage

In order to receive the update, you must register at Kia Motors will send all registered owners an email that contains information on your vehicle’s eligibility as well as instructions on downloading and updating Apple CarPlay. CarPlay is compatible with the following iPhone models:

  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus

Once installed, you’ll be able to use your compatible iPhone, along with Siri, to navigate maps and answer phone calls — all hands-free. Register at now and you’ll be using safer driving practices in no time.


Now that you understand how to download Apple CarPlay and what technology you need to implement it into your daily driving routine, it’s time to start practicing safer driving. Integrating mobile technology into your vehicle is by no means an invitation to engage in dangerous driving habits. Kia Motors and Apple make it clear that the technology is meant for safer driving practices.
Having large bright icons displayed on your infotainment system and being given the option of hands-free voice control are meant to create a distraction-free space in your vehicle. Having phone conversations while driving is still a major distraction and is discouraged; however, since you can now keep both hands on the wheel and phone dial by voice, the experience is now a safer one.
It’s an exciting time for the owners of new and pre-owned Kia vehicles. With the use of Apple CarPlay in your eligible Kia model, you can enhance your driving experience while helping to make the road a safer place for everyone.
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