The year 2019 has seen some major carmakers introducing their products in India. MG (Morris Garages) launched Hector in June, Hyundai drove in Venue in May and Nissan brought Kicks in January. There have been several other notable launches, but one feature that makes these vehicles stand apart from the rest is their connectivity technology.
Apart from MG Hector, Hyundai Venue and Nissan Kicks, the upcoming Kia Seltos will also be a connected vehicle. The connectivity technology plays an important role in the safety of not only passengers but also the car by keeping the thieves at bay. The feature makes the vehicle more accessible and helps in receiving assistance whenever needed.
While MG Hector gets iSmart Next Gen, Hyundai Venue comes with BlueLink and Nissan Kicks makes use of NissanConnect. The upcoming Kia Seltos will employ UVO connected car technology. Below are all the important details you need to know about these four connectivity technologies.
iSmart Next Gen
The recently-launched MG Hector gets the iSmart Next Gen, which boasts of more than 50 connected features. The iSmart Next Gen comes with embedded connectivity solution, maps and navigation services, voice assistant, pre-loaded infotainment content, emergency and concierge services and built-in apps. It also supports over the air (OTA) updates. There is an embedded machine to machine (M2M) eSIM. The platform is Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPV6) and 5G ready.
Hyundai has launched Venue compact SUV with its global car connected technology — ‘BlueLink’. The new technology has 33 new features and 10 of them are India specific. There are features like remote climate control, live traffic information, geo-fence alert, live car location sharing, speed alert, roadside assistance, auto crash notification, stolen vehicle immobilisation, push maps by call center, voice recognition – Indian English, live car tracking, driving information/behaviour, SOS/emergency assistance and valet alert.
Nissan Kicks makes use of NissanConnect — an integrated information and communication platform. The connectivity technology comes with features like SoS, track and trace, tow-away alert, vehicle low battery alert, automated impact alert, sudden turn alert, sudden brake alert, curfew alert and geofencing. Other features include idling run time, smart drive score, quick reference videos and intelligent route guidance. Besides, the ‘way to my car’ feature helps in searching the vehicle at the parking lot.
Kia Seltos, which will be launched in India on August 22, will feature the UVO connected car technology and it provides as many as 37 smart features under five separate sections — navigation, safety and security, vehicle management, remote control and convenience. There is a dedicated button on the IRVM for making use of this technology. Kia Motors will offer this facility to its customers free of cost for the first three years.