Kia Motors to reveal all-electric concept car at CES 2018

Kia Motors to reveal all-electric concept car at CES 2018

Kia Motors to reveal all-electric concept car at CES 2018

A Human Machine Interface for the infotainment and heating lets drivers control it by swiping a touchpad area on the steering wheel, while the auto can understand voice recognition and, if it does not identify the driver, can shut down key functions. The new Niro EV Concept is expected to be able to cover up to 238 miles (383 kilometers) on a single charge.

Beyond the 5G conversation, Kia plans to have every single one of its vehicles be a connected auto by 2030. There will be five electric cars in the group as well as a fuel cell SUV likely twinned with the Hyundai Nexo that was also unveiled at CES. If the system spots a pedestrian or cyclist, it can fire off an alarm sound targeted specifically at that person.

As a concept auto, it has some very forward-thinking features, like full autonomous driving ability and a system that warns nearby pedestrians and bicyclists its presence, since electric cars can be almost silent at low speeds.

Kia also promises 16 electrified vehicles by 2025, either hybrids or fully electric, as well as fuel cell-powered.

Given the largely silent nature of the electric powertrain, the Niro EV Concept comes with new technologies to enhance safety for pedestrians.

Boundless for all’ Kia presents vision for future mobility at CES 2018
Kia Motors to reveal all-electric concept car at CES 2018

Designed to represent the company's next steps in its "ongoing journey to electrification", the Niro EV concept was created by the company's design studio in South Korea and it features a more stylish appearance than the production model. The all-electric Niro will use the same lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor as the Ioniq Electric, which provides an on-paper range of 174 miles.

CES has also provided Kia with an opportunity to showcase its upcoming technologies with displays exhibiting its latest autonomous driving technologies, interactive features and a world first in-car 5G connection. "Due to launch in 2020, this FCEV will spearhead Kia's efforts to realize a zero-emission future for mobility". An Active Pedestrian Warning System on the show auto uses a variety of sensors to spot potential "obstacles" and can sound an alert if a pedestrian walks in front of the vehicle. It previews the production Niro EV.

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

"Virtual reality, self-driving cars and full vehicle connectivity were all once considered technologies of the distant future".

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

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