Autonomous driving technology is all the rage these days so it comes as little surprise that Kia will use the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to stage the global debut of the company's autonomous driving program.

Autonomous driving technology is all the rage these days so it comes as little surprise that Kia will use the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to stage the global debut of the company's autonomous driving program.

Kia is keeping details under wraps but the company recently announced the state of Nevada granted a license which will enable the automaker to carry out testing of its autonomous driving technologies on public roads for the first time.  Kia says this is an important milestone in its development of autonomous driving systems as the company will be able to test vehicles in real-world conditions.

Kia went on to say they are working with Hyundai to introduce semi-autonomous driving systems to its lineup by 2020.  The company went on to say they are planning to launch a fully-autonomous production model by 2030.

In a statement, Hyundai's Dr. Tae-Won Lim said "Thanks to this license we will be able to accelerate the testing of our new autonomous driving technologies that are currently in the early stages of development, with particular emphasis on our alternative powertrain vehicles. We are confident that our latest innovations will ultimately make driving safer for all road users.”

As part of the plan, Hyundai and Kia will invest $2 billion to hire new engineers and develop new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems will which help pave the way for a fully-autonomous future.

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