Kia Presents its Vision for Future Mobility at CES 2018

CES 2018: Kia Unveils Niro EV Concept With 383 Km Range

Kia Motors has already announced investment of around United States dollars 1.1 billion to set up a manufacturing unit in Andhra Pradesh.

In fact, with so many carmakers pledging a raft of new EV cars in the years to follow, surely we now have to think about the various noises each will have to make? "As they rapidly become a reality, Kia is exploring how to adapt these new technologies for its customers", said Dr. Woong-cheol Yang, vice chairman and head of Hyundai-Kia R&D Centre.

On its global driverless vehicles programme, the company said, "Kia aims to commercialise Level 4 autonomous vehicles in smart cities from 2021 with a new Smart City pilot project".

Kia also made it clear that it's getting serious about electrified vehicles. Revisions to reflect its new powertrain type include the lack of a traditional front grille - replaced by an interactive panel that displays text or graphics. For example, the Niro EV Concept is equipped with the new Active Pedestrian Warning System (APWS) which combines front view cameras, object recognition technology and front speakers to alert pedestrians or cyclists crossing in front of the auto. The Niro EV concept is powered by a new lithium-polymer battery pack that's set for production in future electric Kia models; the Korean company claims the Niro EV has a range of 238 miles as a result - and that bigger batteries could increase that figure to around 310 miles.

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Kia will display three different cockpit designs that show how their technologies can be adapted by future vehicles. The range comes from a 64 kWh battery pack, and it supplies power to a 150 kW electric motor, which equates to 201 horsepower.

Kia says the goal is "an innate sense of space and calm" inside the vehicle, which is enhanced by "soft shades of silver, grey, and bronze" on every piece of the interior. It features a new HMI, with touch and gesture controls for the HVAC system and a touch-sensitive steering wheel. While Kia envisions owners using face recognition and voice control to "log-in" to their cars in the future. The safety system uses cameras to monitor for objects and is fitted with speakers to alert people who might be in the vehicle's way. The concept also features a never-seen-before human-machine interface (HMI) and an advanced new "motion graphic" lighting system, previewing the potential for these technologies for market introduction in coming years.

Before that, meanwhile, there'll be an expansion of Kia's WiBLE auto sharing service. Kia says it'll start that process in Europe, offering one-way trips rather than demanding the auto be returned to the same starting point.

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