Technological advancements were no surprises at the beginning of this year as Kia unraveled autonomous car plans at CES 2016. The auto manufacturer from South Korea announced at this year’s edition of the show that a prototype of the autonomous car should be ready by 2030.
The initiative that belongs to Kia Motors was baptized “drive wise” and it is meant to equip cars with components that, for the present moment, can assist the driver. The “drive wise” concept is based on the idea that sometimes the person behind the wheel can get tired, or bored. That is where the partially autonomous systems that Kia is working on comes to hand. It’s a type of cruise control, only more advanced.
Kia’s aims for the moment are driver’s assistance and road safety. Many of today’s accidents occur because of stress and nerves behind the wheel. What the auto manufacturer wants is to transfer a lot of the stress caused by, for example, a traffic jam, from the driver to the car itself. By doing so, the act of driving becomes a pleasure again.
To keep the driver connected, Kia is working on an interface that will allow a better communication between both him, and the car. They are experimenting with motion sensors, fingerprint sensors, gesture control, and a state-of-the –art connectivity port for smart devices. Basically, with all of these incorporated functions, the driver becomes one with the car.
In the near future, the auto manufacturer promises a car that can recognize different individuals that have their own different preferences for driving. For example, it may recognize the owner by the smartwatch he is wearing. According to this information, the car will then proceed to change the climate, modify the height of the steering wheel and even play a certain music.
The “drive wise” technology for automobiles will be available in the near future, Kia announcing that the first partially automated car will be presented by 2020, followed in the next ten years by the autonomous car.
Because technological advancement is no stranger in America, Nevada has agreed to grant the South Korean auto manufacturer a license that will allow the testing of the “drive wise” technology on real roads and in real traffic conditions.
If we also add the fact that Kia is willing to invest around $2 billion in the project, we can say that the self-imposed deadline for 2018 is doable.
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