The standout unveiling is Kia's new User-centred Driver Concept (UDC), designed to keep the driver’s hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road as much as possible.
Using a large head-up display, the UDC can outline navigation instructions, vehicle speed, traffic information and more, reducing the amount of time a driver needs to look elsewhere in the cabin.
UDC also contains a centre-mounted screen, which uses eye-tracking technology to ensure the required information is always available at a glance to the driver; plus it can be controlled by hand gestures, similar to a system recently announced by Google.
The Korean carmaker says the new system can ‘get to know you’, using combined information from a smartphone and the Blue Link system.
Using the information, the system can provide traffic updates on your likely route and – based on your expected departure - suggest a time to remotely start the engine, in order to pre-heat or cool the cabin using climate control.
The updated system includes a stack of new apps including in-car WiFi, full support of the Pandora radio app, a new restaurant locator along your chosen route and an app to find and pay for parking from the car.
Lifetime upgrades on navigation maps are included with the new Sensus Connect, along with the ability to set destinations using your mobile phone or tablet. The system can even provide Wikipedia information about the vehicle’s current surroundings.
No word from Kia on when its UDC system will become available, but Hyundai’s updated Blue Link system is set to debut in the 2014 Genesis.
Volvo’s updated Sensus Connect is expected to hit showrooms in May this year, and existing Sensus Connect customers will be offered an upgrade to the new system.