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).