A Human Machine Interface for the infotainment and heating lets drivers control it by swiping a touchpad area on the steering wheel, while the vehicle can understand voice recognition and, if it does not identify the driver, can shut down key functions.
Beyond the 5G conversation, Kia plans to have every single one of its vehicles be a connected auto by 2030. This group will count a new family of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and EVs, plus an all-new fuel-cell EV in two years' time. It will issue an alert if it detects a pedestrian or cyclist come in front of the vehicle. At the rear, the Niro EV Concept features slim LED taillights, as well as sharp trailing edges that allow air to flow more smoothly off the back of the vehicle. It is, we're assured, built using new production technology earmarked for "near-future EVs" from the South Korean giant.
The battery pack will power a 150 kilowatt electric motor.
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Kia's interactive "Beyond autonomous driving" exhibits combine existing and future technologies to outline the company's plans for vehicle autonomy and mobility, supported by the introduction of upcoming autonomous drive technologies. A number of advanced safety technologies have been incorporated, for example an active pedestrian warning system that alerts pedestrians via speakers of the presence of an otherwise-silent vehicle.
Well, we can understand this decision from Kia because there is not much to say about the performance of the Niro EV. "Due to launch in 2020, this FCEV will spearhead Kia's efforts to realize a zero-emission future for mobility", said Woong-chul Yang, vice chairman and head of Kia R&D Centre.
Kia also wants to adopt connected auto technologies across every segment in its range by 2025.
Kia reckons that today's drivers view cars as merely "vehicles"; a big box to transport humans and dogs and empty crisp wrappers and old boxes and so forth.
At CES 2018, Kia actually presented several new autonomous driving technologies, which it intends to test on roads beginning in 2021, as well as the world's first 5G connection for cars.