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CES 2016: Kia promises semi-autonomous cars by 2020

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This week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas Kia announced a plan to sell semi-autonomous cars by 2020. Fully autonomous, driverless models are expected to follow a decade later.

The Korean automaker’s innovative DRIVE WISE technologies (which will become a sub-brand of Kia) are currently under development thanks to a preliminary investment totalling $2 billion USD. The state of Nevada recently granted Kia a special licence to test these new technologies on public roads.

Featured on a semi-autonomous Kia Soul at CES, the list includes:

  • Highway Autonomous Driving;
  • Urban Autonomous Driving;
  • Preceding Vehicle Following (an enhanced lane-keeping system);
  • Emergency Stop System;
  • Traffic Jam Assist;
  • Autonomous Valet Parking (allowing drivers to exit the car and let it park itself remotely).