Kia has unveiled its plans for the future of mobility at CES 2018, aiming to have autonomous cars in cities by 2021 and 16 electric cars in its range by 2025. As part of this, the manufacturer also aims to have a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle on the road by 2020.
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Should the system detect a pedestrian or cyclist crossing in front of the auto, the speakers sound an alert targeted specifically at that person, warning them of the car's presence.
The Niro EV is seemingly created to show what's possible in Kia's electric future, so don't expect the vehicle as shown to make it to market.
The electric powertrain delivers power from a 64kWh battery pack to the 201bhp electric motor which is enough for a 238 mile range and a 115mile splash and dash in fifteen minutes charge.
The vehicle also features an Active Pedestrian Warning System (APWS) that relies on front-view cameras, object recognition and front speakers.
The plan includes several technological advancements such as the implementation of autonomous driving technology in all Kia vehicles by 2030. "Due to launch in 2020, this FCEV will spearhead Kia's efforts to realize a zero-emission future for mobility", says Dr. Woong-chul Yang, vice chairman and head of Kia's R&D center.
In Level 4 autonomous vehicles, there is very high level of automation enabling a auto to operate without human input or control under select conditions of pre-defined areas or roads.
Kia announced that it will unveil 16 new advanced powertrain cars by 2025.
Next up, connected auto technologies will be a staple in every vehicle segment, with the goal to make every single model a connected auto by 2030.
Kia has not officially revealed the upcoming all-electric concept vehicle's identity, however, photos accompanying the automaker's announcement seemingly confirm that it will be the Niro EV.
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.
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