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[YesAuto Smart Car Link Evaluation] The “new four modernizations” are the mainstream direction of future automobile development. The “four modernizations” here include four parts: electrification, network connection, intelligence and sharing, of which network connection/intelligence has gradually Incorporating into our car life, more and more intelligent vehicle linkage systems are one of the representatives of typical functions. In the beginning, some Chinese brands and new car-manufacturing vehicle models took the lead in popularizing smart car-linked systems. Now overseas brands are gradually popularizing, and they are also cooperating with local Internet companies to launch products suitable for the Chinese market. Dongfeng Yueda Kia chose to cooperate with Baidu, and the new UVO Baidu intelligent interconnection system came to us with the new K5 Kaiku car.

Dongfeng Yueda Kia has cooperated with Baidu Duer OS for a long time. It is not only K5 Kaiku, but also models equipped with the same set of intelligent connection system of the brand, including KX3 Protoss, etc., which can basically meet the needs of users when they travel. K5 Kaiku currently has four configuration models. Except for the lowest configuration (fashion version), the other versions are all equipped with UVO vehicle linkage system as standard. The model I experienced today is the top version, that is, the flagship version with a guide price of 205,800 yuan. Not only is the intelligent connection function rich, but the other auxiliary hardware facilities matched with the system are also the most comprehensive.

Let’s first take a look at the score. In the four dimensions, K5 Kaiku has achieved good results. Among them, the human-vehicle interaction and function realization have reached excellent levels. In addition, there are two different aspects in the system. The function, so it has gained certain additional points in interaction and function. Next, we will introduce each dimension in more detail. Do you want to know how the UVO Zhilian system works? Click on the video below to quickly understand the full text.


Human-vehicle interaction

The intelligent connection system mainly interacts with users through the form of central control screen, instrument, voice assistant, etc. The central control screen is the most important part of it. K5 Kaiku adopts a dual-screen layout, which can also be seen in other brand models and even high-end models, such as the new generation of Mercedes-Benz S-Class. As more and more functions are integrated into the touch screen and voice functions are gradually popularized, there are fewer and fewer physical buttons in the cockpit. K5 Kaiku currently only retains the steering wheel, the center console and the rear center armrest (optional) A few buttons are used to control some functions of the air conditioner and the intelligent connection system.

Kaiku's central control touch screen is a 12.3-inch horizontal screen, which is at the leading level among overseas brands of connected car machines, even larger than the same level of luxury brand models (Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series are both 10.25-inch touch screens) . The dual horizontal screen style can be integrated with the entire center console very well, without a sense of abruptness. Kaiku's central control screen also has a certain angle of deflection to the driver's side, which is convenient for the driver to operate various functions.

The main interface currently contains a functional home page and two application pages. Swiping the screen from top to bottom or bottom to top can also open the quick settings and air conditioning function pages. The operation method is not much different from that of a smart phone. Kaiku will display three functions on the function home page. The default ones are navigation, entertainment and weather. Of course, if you have more frequently used information or want to view information at any time, such as Bluetooth phone or vehicle driving data, long press the icon and drag Press the corresponding button to complete the adjustment or switch.

Kaiku will provide two remote control keys with the car. Users can bind their rearview mirror angle, seat position and music preferences with the key. After that, the system will identify the driver through the key every time they get on the car. It is very user-friendly to adjust the seat and play the music that the user likes, and adjust the temperature/air volume of the air conditioner to the most suitable state. System OTA upgrade is almost a standard feature of all intelligent connected systems, and the upgrade process is almost silent in the background, which does not affect the daily use of users.

The 12.3-inch full LCD instrument is only available as standard on the flagship version, and the two models in the mid-range version need to be optional (the standard is a 7-inch instrument). The instrument UI interface has three display styles, among which the smart weather theme will really change the background according to outdoor weather and daytime black conditions, which is very novel. In addition, if the turn signal is turned on during driving, the dashboard will also display the corresponding side blind area screen. This function helps users observe the blind area and improve safety.

In terms of voice commands, the system default wake-up word is “Hello, Kia” or “Xiaodu, Xiaodu” and supports custom wake-up words. It should be noted that the custom wake word will replace the initial “Hello, Kia”, and “Xiaodu, Xiaodu” can still be used. The UVO system supports coherent voice input, that is, you can continue to speak the instructions without pausing after the wake-up word is shouted, and the interaction efficiency is higher. In addition, in the multimedia and navigation interface, the system also has a wake-up-free function, that is, without repeatedly calling out the wake-up words, you can directly say “next song”, “pause playback”, “zoom in/out map” and other commands to operate the corresponding functions .

In terms of human-vehicle interaction, the UVO system has reached the leading level of models of the same level in terms of screen size, ability to understand voice commands, or richness of functions. The dual screen interface is clear and easy to read, and the sliding touch screen also has a good fluency, and the operation difficulty is not higher than that of a smart phone. In addition, the controllable range of the voice assistant is not only the internal functions of the system, but also the opening and closing of the windows/sunroof and the seat heating/ventilation can also be controlled by voice, with a high degree of integration.

Function realization

After talking about the hardware level, let's take a look at how the K5 Kaiku system functions perform. First of all, we start with the commonly used radio, entertainment, navigation and other functions. These functions are the most frequently used in our daily travel. Whether the access function is simple, whether the resources are abundant, and whether the navigation setting is convenient will affect the user's actual car experience.

In terms of entertainment functions, FM/AM radio, local USB or Bluetooth music playback and other standard equipment are naturally complete. The networked multimedia resources mainly come from the three applications of QQ Music, Tingban FM and Himalaya FM, which are used in other smart car-connected systems. The above is also commonly used. The program resources cover multiple categories such as music, novels, audio books, current affairs news, etc., which can meet the travel needs of most users. Is it too troublesome to search for a specific program on the touch screen? It's better to let the voice assistant do it for you.

At present, most of the on-board networked navigation systems on the market basically choose one of three from Baidu, AutoNavi, and Tencent maps, and a few systems may choose two from three. UVO Smart Car Association chose Baidu's online navigation. The functions are basically the same as those of the other two navigation softwares, including road condition query, real-time congestion avoidance/restriction, and remote distribution of mobile apps. Navigation path planning can also be projected into the dashboard, making guidance more convenient and accurate. In addition, when the vehicle arrives at the parking space but is still some distance away from the final destination, the remaining distance will also be sent to the user's mobile phone application to guide the user to continue walking to the destination.

The mobile phone App remote control includes common control functions such as engine start, door/tail compartment cover unlocking, buzzer flashing, and vehicle position query. The on-board system also supports Baidu CarLife mobile phone mapping and other functions. In terms of functions, K5 Kaiku also received good scores. Not only the current mainstream functions are complete, but also many innovative small functions have been made using existing hardware devices, such as binding personal preferences with remote control keys and mobile phone applications. Bluetooth key sharing, etc.

Other hardware and software equipment

There are also a wealth of comfort/entertainment equipment matched with the intelligent connection system, such as dual-zone automatic air conditioning and mobile phone wireless charging, which have played a considerable role in improving comfort and convenience. Air purification devices are gradually popularizing in the same level of vehicles, and the Kia K5 is no exception. Isolating pollutants out of the cockpit is of great benefit to protecting the health of passengers in the car.

In terms of improving the sense of quality, K5 Kaiku’s 64-color ambient light and JBL brand audio can also play its due role. Its JBL brand audio system provides two preset sound effects, JBL and ARKAMYS. You may be a little unfamiliar with ARKAMYS. This is a digital audio signal processing company. One of its main businesses is to perform professional audio processing on car audio. Based on the experience of passengers in the car, they have a general auditory experience in a concert hall or concert. For car owners with more demanding hearing requirements, the UVO system also provides a wealth of sound field settings, including the front and back/left and right sound field proportions, equalizer, etc., which can be adjusted through the central control screen.

Service ecology

K5 Kaiku provides services such as UVO manual customer service and emergency rescue, but this function requires an additional charge. According to previously announced news, the manual customer service (Zhi Zun enjoyment package) is free to use in the first year of opening, and the emergency rescue (safe travel package) can be used free of charge for 5 years. It should be noted that the parts outside the package can be used only after payment. According to the previously officially announced policy, the current service fee for the 2-5 years of the Zhizun enjoy package is 600 yuan/year. Taking into account that the service fee price will change at any time, the specific price is subject to the official information at that time.

In addition to the “traditional functions” such as manual customer service and emergency rescue, the corresponding functions can also be realized through mobile phone application software, which is more convenient. In terms of pan-life functions, the UVO system is not compatible with many functions. Currently, it only supports a few functions such as non-sense payment for parking fees. We hope that more and more comprehensive services can be introduced in the future, such as ticket reservations, restaurant reservations, and non-sense. Refueling and other functions make travel more convenient.

Communication Favorability

At present, voice has become the mainstream way of interaction, but the intelligence of the voice assistant determines how people use it. At this stage, some are smart co-pilots who understand you and can bring you pleasure, while some are co-pilots who can answer the questions that are not asked. Therefore, an in-vehicle system that can be called smart should at least understand you, and secondly, it can bring pleasure. K5 Kaiku’s intelligent connection system can indeed give users good interaction in terms of communication. Although the UVO system does not include virtual interactive images like other models of the same brand, it is believed that good natural voice interaction capabilities can still be discussed. The favorite of young users, and for the older users who like their own “hands-on” operations, good voice interaction capabilities can also change their travel habits.

● Article summary:

Auto Home Smart Car Association Evaluation
Rank Model Human-computer interaction Function realization Service ecology Communication Favorability Total score
1

Qi Chenxing

Kaichen Zhilian System 4.0

91.5 92.8 74.0 20.0 85.95
2

Haval F5

86.5 85.2 60.0 30.0 79.05
3

Roewe RX5

Zebra 3.0

83.6 81.2 66.0 50.0 78.08
4

Star Way LX

83.7 91.7 36.0 30.0 77.86
5 Territory S 87 93.2 20.0 40.0 77.70
6

Changan CS75 PLUS

Wutong Auto Union

89.5 95.2 8.0 30.0 77.15
7 Kia K5 Kaiku
UVO Baidu Auto Union
88.1 86.2 44.0 20.0 77.10
7 Ideal ONE 101.5 86.2 10.0 40.0 77.10
9 GAC Trumpchi GS4 92.0 83.0 40.0 30.0 76.60
10

NIO ES6

102.7 78.9 22.0 60.0 76.56

From the perspective of interactivity and function, K5 Kaiku's UVO intelligent connection system has relatively complete networking functions and relatively strong natural voice understanding capabilities. With dual 12.3-inch screens, the “intelligence” and “technology” of software and hardware are performed overseas. The brands have reached the leading level. The UVO system developed in cooperation with local Internet companies has achieved excellent results in this evaluation, which is inseparable from its integration into the Baidu ecosystem. In the future, we hope that Kia can integrate more humanized functions into the system through OTA upgrades, such as the introduction of ticket booking, online ordering, and non-sense refueling. In addition, we also hope that K5 Kaiku can add some such functions as dash cam. Car hardware makes K5 Kaiku an indispensable partner when traveling.