Hyundai And Kia Offer New Free Software Patch to Owners, Improve Security on Vehicles
South Korean automakers Kia and Hyundai are offering a new free software patch to owners of 8.3 million vehicles with improved security features, making them very hard to steal.
This software update is specifically for vehicles that lack immobilizer and will be provided to the owners free of charge. The vehicles in question are the 2015-2019 Hyundai and Kia models with turn-key ignitions which are twice as likely to be stolen as other vehicles of similar age. The reason is that many of these vehicles lack some of the basic auto theft prevention technology included in most other vehicles.
The software updates the theft alarm software logic to extend the length of the alarm sound from 30 seconds to one minute which requires the key to be in the ignition switch to turn the vehicle on.
Hyundai will provide its users with a window sticker that would alert thieves that the vehicle is equipped with anti-theft protection. The automaker will send the stickers and roll out software updates in a phased approach, which will commence later this month with subsequent phases over the coming months.
Also, Kia will roll out its free software updates in a phased approach which will begin later this month. Reports reveal that both automakers have been in touch with law enforcement agencies to provide more than 26,000 steering wheel locks since November to 77 law enforcement agencies in 12 states.
Investors King understands that auto theft rose during the pandemic which saw Kia and Hyundai the most affected among other brands, due to their vulnerabilities. These models also became the subject of a social media trend in which thieves filmed themselves stealing Hyundai and Kia vehicles and took them on joyrides.
The surge in car theft became worrisome and pronounced that city governments and car owners filed lawsuits against the automakers over the issue.
With the latest software being rolled out by these automakers, it will protect the car from coming on after the doors have been locked using the fob control. This implies that the vehicle will need to be unlocked before it can be put on.
Kate Henshaw Becomes Brand Influencer for Technogym Nigeria
Award winning Nigerian actress and fitness enthusiast, Kate Henshaw recently became the brand influencer for Technogym Nigeria.
Kate broke the news to her more than 2.9M million Instagram followers on March 8, 2023.
As a brand influencer, Kate will help drive more knowledge about Technogym, the world leader in premium fitness and wellness equipment.
Kate will also help sensitize Nigerians on the need to live a healthier lifestyle.
Kate will join Ekemini Ekerette, AKA ‘Kemen’, who is the brand ambassador of Technogym Nigeria and the first international master trainer in Nigeria to drive Technogym’s message ‘Let’s Move for a better World’.
Announcing the partnership, Kate said ‘’Say hello to my new family BlackPelicanLimited and look forward to me continuing to advocate for good health & wellness using their equipment, which is top notch and of the highest quality. Fasten your seat belts because it’s going to be an invigorating ride’’.
Black Pelican Limited is the sole distributor of Technogym products and services in Nigeria.
Multichoice Partners Comcast NBC Universal, Sky, to Create Quality Streaming Service in Africa
South Africa-based pay TV multichoice has partnered with Comcast NBC Universal and Sky to create top-notch content and technology for streaming customers across multichoice markets.
These companies will form a new Showmax group, powered by Peacock’s leading globally scaled technology, which will see Multichoice own 70 percent and NBC own 30 percent. It will build on Showmax’s success to date and aim to create a leading streaming service in Africa.
The partnership will bring about a combination of MultiChoice’s eccentric local content with a unique pipeline of award-winning and critically acclaimed international content licensed from NBCUniversal and Sky, third-party content from HBO, Warner Brothers International, Sony, and others, as well as live English Premier League (EPL) football.
Speaking on Multichoice’s partnership with other streaming services, Chief Executive Officer of Multichoice Calvo Mawela said,
“We launched Showmax as the first African streaming service in 2015 and are extremely proud of its success to date. This agreement represents a great opportunity for our Showmax team to scale even greater heights by working with a leading global player in Comcast and its subsidiaries.
“The new business venture deepens an already strong relationship and builds on the Sky Glass technology partnership that we announced in September last year. We believe we are extremely well positioned to create a winning platform going forward.”
Also, the CEO of Sky, a British media and telecommunications conglomerate, believes that the company’s partnership with Multichoice and other streaming services will help to innovate Showmax streaming service, offering consumers diverse quality content.
Showmax streaming service offers consumers a wide variety of award-winning TV shows, kids’ shows, movies, documentaries, Showmax Originals, sports, and more. Users can watch as much as they want, whenever they want without a single advert.
Investors King understands that the partnership of Multichoice, Sky, and Comcast NBC Universal, will deepen content on the platform, offering subscribers access to an extensive premium content portfolio, bringing African audiences the best of local and international programs.
Mercedes Benz Unveils 2024 E-Class Interior with Built-In TikTok and Zoom Apps
German luxury and commercial vehicle brand Mercedes Benz recently revealed the interior of its 2024 E-class, which boasts an array of exciting features such as built-in apps like TikTok, Zoom, Angry Birds, and more.
The latest version of the brand’s best-selling model comes equipped with software that allows for the installation of these apps without an in-car intermediary such as Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Instead, more apps can be installed directly into the vehicle through over-the-air software updates.
To facilitate third-party app integration into the infotainment system, Mercedes developed a new software architecture and introduced a new app store, accessible via the Mercedes me app.
The 2024 model will also feature an updated version of the MBUX infotainment system, which serves as a precursor to Mercedes’s custom-built operating system, the MB. OS, slated for launch in the automaker’s next-generation vehicles, expected to debut in late 2024.
A web browser will also be available for download. While some car models, including Tesla’s and some other Mercedes models, already have built-in web browsers, this one will be accessible to the front passenger and available as an optional feature with a dedicated touchscreen.
According to Mercedes CEO Ola Källenius, the choice of different apps was based on a survey conducted across various regions to determine which app was most commonly used. For example, the installation of TikTok was targeted for the Asian market.
Investors King understands that one of the major upgrades in the 2024 E-Class is the Super Screen, which combines the standard central touchscreen with a second display in front of the passenger. However, unlike the EQS’s Hyper screen, the digital gauge cluster remains a standalone display.
It is worth noting that the new E-Class will be one of Mercedes’ last gas-powered cars, as the brand is poised to transition to an all-electric vehicle lineup by 2030.
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