Kia Presents its Vision for Future Mobility at CES 2018

10 January, 2018, 01:35 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • CES 2018: Kia Unveils Niro EV Concept With 383 Km Range

The scheme will be available in designated areas of certain cities and will allow users to experience a variety of Kia's cars.

As mention at the start, Kia's "ACE" strategy involves three components, where autonomous involves the company planning to commercialise Level 4 autonomous driving technology. "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.

The Kia Niro EV Concept features a number of advanced driver assistance systems, though not all will make it into the production model, notably its prototype autonomous driving capabilities. Speaking of which, an all-new, hydrogen-powered vehicle will appear in 2020, says Kia.

As for the Niro EV, in concept form the vehicle packs a 200-horsepower electric motor at the front axle and a 64-kilowatt-hour lithium-polymer battery good for 238 miles of range-the same figure as the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

A new Active Pedestrian Warning System (APWS) builds on the now-de-rigeur combination of front-facing cameras by throwing in object recognition software and speakers mounted at the front of the Niro EV Concept.

It seems likely the production version of the Niro EV will arrive later this year, with Kia planning a total of 16 new electric vehicles - including five hybrids and plug-ins, five BEVs and an FCEV - by 2025. It has been replaced by interactive display panel which can show various messages such as "Hello, CES".

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Inside, there's a new wraparound design to the dashboard, finished in silver, grey, and bronze.

Kia also envisages face and voice recognition being used in preference to a traditional key.

The current Hyundai Ioniq Electric, on the other ahnd, uses a 27-kwh battery pack and an 88-kw (118-hp) motor.

Kia's human machine interface supports face and voice recognition that allows the vehicle to recognize who's piloting it, and then adjust the settings to their programmed preferences.

Alongside its new technologies, Kia has revealed plans to roll-out its "WiBLE" car-sharing service - launched in Korea past year - to new regions from 2018, starting with Europe. Despite sporting a familiar name, the all-electric compact SUV looks quite different to the Niro and Niro Plug-in Hybrid crossovers that are already on sale.

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