I'm looking to get a 2015 Soul Plus. It comes with Bluetooth. I'm going to skip the UVO eServices package.It will depend on exactly which version of the Soul you have. Tell us more Kiagal!
you don't have to worry, there is no internet feature in the car (its not a Chevy), Bluetooth is just a very short range connection but you have to make the connection to use it, it has no function of controlling any of the mechanical features of the car. Just ignore it, there is nothing to worry about. I've never made use of it in nearly four years of ownership.I'm looking to get a 2015 Soul Plus. It comes with Bluetooth. I'm going to skip the UVO eServices package.
I don't plan on using any of the wireless/internet features and I do have some long term concern about security.
You aren't alone KiaGal in your feelings about tech in cars. This is from Bloomberg today:Thanks for all the input.
I'm an old fashioned driver. I just want a reliable car. I won't use Bluetooth or any of the fancy stuff. My big concern is with hacking. It's not a problem now, but we don't know where things will be in 5+ years. Look at the progression of drones.
Hackers need a way "in" and the easiest way is to use the car's Bluetooth or wireless. Even if I was able to disable the Bluetooth and wireless, it's being said that hackers could find a way in from something as simple as the tire pressure monitoring system.
I've done a lot of research. The issue with Bluetooth is that is the radio system is a part of the entire computer network. Hackers can enter through the Bluetooth and then gain access to other parts of the car.There literally is no way a hacker can gain anything if they gain access to the Bluetooth. Not in any form or fashion is it connected to anything other than the radio system. Think of it this way, in your house if you have a bluetooth speaker, if someone gets access to it, there is no place else to go, the bluetooth leads to the speaker only, not to anything else. It is a one way system, the Soul does not even send any info about the car even if you have the app unless you are connected with a cable. The one way is from the device to the radio not the other way around, there is no info to extract if connected by bluetooth, the info can only be sent to the radio. The hacking being talked about is a very different thing, and as others mentioned someone getting into your car using the remote system is a million times more likely, and that isn't all that likely either.
I don't know if Kia is so sophisticated that they run each computer independently AND they don't allow communication among the various parts of network.According to the report, both the 2014 Jeep Cherokee and the 2015 Escalade have an inherent security flaw: The cars' apps, Bluetooth and telematics -- which connects the car to a cellular network like OnStar -- are on the same network as the engine controls, steering, brakes and tire pressure monitor system.
In the 2014 Prius, the AM/FM/XM radio and Bluetooth are on the same network as the steering, brakes and tire pressure monitor.