We are about to trade in our 99 Corolla for a Kia Soul EV. One of the things I really dislike about it is that something (the GPS beacon?) will send location data and possibly other info about our driving habits. Any idea how to disable this for this particular model?
Just looked up the update process for UVO and based on the size of the update, it does look like its running right from that SD card: https://www.myuvo.com/support/avn40plus_sop/software-update/software-update.shtml
Make sure you have the following:
SD Card from your Navigation head unit Computer with SD card slot Windows XP® or higher or OS X 10.7® or higher More than 27GB of free hard disk space
27GB is big enough to be an OS, nevermind just the "features". Doesn't specify how big the card itself is, but compared to the price of the car, even a 128GB card from a brand name is cheap...
If you do not wish to download the update, you may purchase an updated SD card from MnSoft America
Never heard of them, but answers where the software comes from.
That being said, I'm betting there's a SIM card in there somewhere that you could remove to kill its connectivity and keep most of the features without letting it report back...
[EDIT: I mentioned keeping it because the UVO page does mention it's being used for diagnostics]
The dealership says driving without the SD card should be sufficient.
Revised: I used to notice that my car lights would occasionally turn themselves on or brighten, seemingly at random. Having observed this for a long time, I now realize that it happens when joining a highway from an entrance ramp. Therefore I am quite sure that this answer is incorrect. The antenna is easy to remove; it just screws off.