Kia aiming to have autonomous cars in cities by 2021

Isaac Cain
January 10, 2018

The concept is part of Kia's strategy to offer a total of 16 electrified vehicles by 2025, including a fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) in 2020. We'll of course be keeping you up to date on additional details regarding the Kia Niro EV as it gets closer to production.

Well, we can understand this decision from Kia because there is not much to say about the performance of the Niro EV.

He further said, the FCEV is due for launch in 2020 and "will spearhead Kia's efforts to realise a zero-emission future for mobility".

Kia envisions owners using face recognition and voice control to "log-in" to their cars in the future.

At the CES Show in Las Vegas, Kia said it will offer 16 electrified vehicles - including hybrids, EV and fuel cell EVs - by 2025.

Kia say the Niro EV Concept is a showcase for its new ACE strategy (that's Autonomous, Connected and Eco/Electric), but strip away some of the concept bits and this is the production Niro EV.

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The current Hyundai Ioniq Electric, on the other ahnd, uses a 27-kwh battery pack and an 88-kw (118-hp) motor. It will issue an alert if it detects a pedestrian or cyclist come in front of the auto.

The Niro also debuts a new pedestrian warning system to counteract its silent propulsion that utilises cameras, object recognition and speakers to sound a warning the individual of the car's presence.

Beyond the 5G conversation, Kia plans to have every single one of its vehicles be a connected auto by 2030. Called the Niro EV Concept, it claims an impressive 238-mile range on a full charge and is capable of charging up to 115 miles in 30 minutes. Although, even without the LED badging at the rear, the all-electric concept vehicle's styling cues are consistent with the Niro's design language - from the shape of the rear hatch to the distinct front fenders.

As for technology, the Korean automaker expects to commercialize Level 4 autonomous vehicles in smart cities by 2021.

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 also announced that it will expand its WiBLE vehicle sharing service - which launched in Korea past year - to select European cities in 2018.

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