CES 2016: Kia Plans to Have a Fully Autonomous Car on the Road by 2030
All the automotive talk lately seems to be surrounding autonomous vehicles. Not one to be left out of the discussion, Kia just announced at CES the introduction of its new Drive Wise sub-brand that will get in on the driverless car movement. Hoping to have an autonomous vehicle on the road by 2030, the next 15 years for Kia—specifically Drive Wise—will be heavy in fully-autonomous and semi-autonomous research. While 2030 seems like a long while away, Kia execs promised that we’ll likely see some semi-autonomous technology in its vehicles in the next five years. RELATED: Proposed California DMV Rules Spell Trouble for Autonomous Vehicles
Currently the brand has a number of new technologies on display at CES. The Highway Autonomous Driving and Urban Autonomous Driving systems use sensors paired with GPS to control vehicles, while an emergency stop system, and even an electric valet are also being shown in the early stages of development.
With over $2 billion worth of driverless tech research invested in both Hyundai and Kia, and permits from the Nevada government to test its driverless Soul EV, Kia looks to be on the fast track towards an autonomous future. But wait, there’s more.
Along with this new driverless tech, Kia showed off some nifty new user interface concepts including a fingerprint scanner, and in-car gesture controls, just to name a few.
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