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Kia working on wireless CarPlay dropout fix

Kia Australia will use a free software update to fix a problem with wireless Apple CarPlay in its latest Picanto, Rio and Carnival.

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Kia Australia is working to fix a problem with wireless Apple CarPlay in the new Picanto, Rio and Carnival.

The brand’s latest 8.0-inch infotainment system features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but the CarPlay connection is prone to dropouts on the move.

CarExpert has experienced the problem in multiple Hyundai and Kia models, including the latest Kia Picanto and Hyundai i30. It has appeared for multiple iPhone users running the latest iOS software in both cars.

Kia is “aware of this concern and has been liaising with the software supplier”.

“An update has been successfully trialled and the factory is now working to release this software update,” a company spokesperson told CarExpert.

A Hyundai spokesperson told CarExpert the company is “aware of the issue and are looking into a resolution”.

Existing owners will be given the chance to upgrade their vehicle software for free, Kia says, once the infotainment update is available.

The 8.0-inch infotainment system being updated by Kia is used in the new Picanto, Rio, and Carnival.

A variation also features on low-end versions of the Hyundai i30, Venue, Santa Fe, and upcoming Kona facelift.

Wireless CarPlay is becoming more common, after debuting in the BMW 5 Series.

The technology features in the Isuzu D-Max and Mazda BT-50 utes, new Volkswagen Group products ranging from the Skoda Scala to the Audi A6, and is spreading rapidly across the Hyundai and Kia range as well.

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Scott Collie
Scott Collie

Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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