The fully-electric SUV will spearhead the arrival of 16 electrified vehicles by 2025 and one hydrogen fuel cell vehicle due in 2020 and the Korean manufacturer claims the compact Niro will have a driving range of 383 kilometres thanks to a 64 kWh battery which powers a 150kW electric motor.
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.
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.
Several displays are set up so that punters can get first-hand experience of new in-car gesture control commands that are able to control infotainment, heating and air-conditioning features by a simple swipe of the hand. While Kia envisions owners using face recognition and voice control to 'log-in' to their cars in the future.
The new 5th generation mobile network, which can allow for up to 1Gb per second data transfers, allows for high-speed streaming within the car that’s better suited to the amount of information sent and received by an autonomous to infrastructure and other vehicles.
At Kia's CES 2018 stand a virtual reality simulator has been set up to demonstrate the brands future technologies among the themes of electrification, autonomous driving and connectivity.
The company plans on beginning testing of level four autonomous vehicles by 2021, installing connected car technologies throughout all segments by 2025 and every vehicle to be connected by 2030 plus the aforementioned electrification plans.
“Kia’s connected cars will be both boundless and connected and offer a new kind of mobility experience. Virtual reality, self-driving cars, and ‘vehicle-to-everything’ connectivity were all once considered technologies of the distant future. As they rapidly become a reality, Kia is exploring how to deploy these new technologies for its customers. Our strategy and vision for future mobility is demonstrated by a range of interactive displays, showing what our customers can look forward to,” said Kia's vice chairman and head of R&D centre, Dr Woong-chul Yang.
Kia's sister brand Hyundai has showed off its latest generation fuel cell vehicle at CES, along with the its vision for the connected car that features artificial intelligence in the form of an in-car butler that can perform tasks, read your mood, tailor the driving experience to you and inform of traffic disruptions and alter the trip accordingly.
Hyundai has also recently announced a partnership with driverless car tech start-up Aurora to help implement autonomous driving tech in its vehicles by 2021.
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