Posts Tagged ‘2019 CES’
Kia Motors is one automaker hitting back hard after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down auto manufacturing plants worldwide. Unveiling the new 2021 Kia K5, investing in the production of micro electric vehicles (EVs) and purpose-built vehicles (PBVs), and developing new tech for connected cars with the UVO infotainment system, the automaker has been busy. Most recently, in the Indian Market, Kia Motors is testing a new feature that seems oddly familiar to some of the technology unveiled during the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show.
Although a convention for consumer products and electronics, automakers some times show up at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and it was during this time that Kia debuted its new Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving (R.E.A.D.) system that can monitor driver mood and behavior, and a “Virtual Touch” system, the world’s first virtual touch-type gesture control technology that used finger gestures to operate parts of the vehicle. This technology hasn’t had much spotlight since, but the Kia Seltos became the first vehicle in the Kia Motors lineup to come with an Intelligent Personal Agent built into the vehicle.
The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show took place back in January, and although it’s mostly focused on consumer appliances and technology, that didn’t stop some automakers from popping up. That includes Kia Motors and their autonomous technology at 2019 CES. One of the technologies they debuted was an automated valet system controlled by the user’s smartphone. Recently, the automaker took a step towards connecting electric vehicles and smartphones through a new app currently in production.
In late April 2019, the Hyundai Motor Group, consisting of Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis, revealed that a new smartphone app will be coming to fully electric cars to offer consumers the potential to customize and personalize their vehicle on a level that’s not entirely possible with standard gasoline models. There are already apps available for these vehicles for checking out the battery life, charge, adjusting levels of brake regeneration, and switching between different drive modes. This app does much more, and consumers won’t have to worry about voiding a warranty for making these modifications, another blunder gasoline models tend to run into.
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the future! It’s the future of automobiles at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, having just started and running from April 19 to April 28, 2019. Many automakers have been tight-lipped before debuting any concepts this year at NAIAS, but Kia Motors was quick to start making noise a week before, and now we know why. Along with the reveal of their Kia Stinger GTS Limited Edition, Kia Motors has debuted a concept that could change the auto industry forever. Of course, like other autonomous vehicle concepts, that could be a long ways away.
The Kia HabaNiro
Although “Niro” is a part of the name as a play on words, Kia Motors isn’t bringing us another rendition of the Kia Niro like they did with the many concepts of the Kia Telluride prior to its release. The Kia Niro EV, also known as the e-Niro in Europe, has already been a success. No, the HabaNiro is its own bread-and-butter design set to be an all-electric Everything Car or ECEV. Use it to commute, as a crossover, get rough like it’s an SUV, go on an adventure, or have a state-of-the-art technology workroom. Yes, that last one hinges on an autonomous vehicle, and the HabaNro concept comes with level-five autonomy.
“We wanted this concept to be comfortable navigating city streets, carving turns on a coastal road and off-roading with confidence to remote wilderness adventure…We imagined a car for everyone and nearly everything. Then, when we saw the finished product, we were blown away by the imagination of the HabaNiro’s creators and its laboratory of technology and we want it in our driveways.” -Tom Kearns, vice president of design for Kia Design Center America (KDCA).
Although the HabaNiro may fall into the compact crossover segment, the design of the vehicle blurs the lines of them all. A four-seat wonder car with butterfly wing doors make for a spectacle, and its protective metallic grey cladding contrasted by bright “Lava Red” aero panel and roof create a sense of vibrant energy. We swear, we think there’s a spy in the auto industry or automotive designs are starting to mesh together because the below image looks a lot like the Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept.
Now that the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show has ended, we’ve seen all the auto industry had to offer over nearly two weeks. Kia Motors is one automaker that stood out, not because of a model or concept they debuted, but more of a promise for the future of their lineup. It’s not surprising – many names in the auto industry are starting to bring electric motors and batteries into the mix of their vehicles. Kia Motors, however, may have the most alternative fuel vehicles in their lineup than any other automaker. Not only this, but Kia has been on a mission to change the auto industry and are intent on leading the way. Style, tech, alternative fuel are the cornerstones of the new Kia Motors, but can they deliver?
What pops to mind when talking about Kia Motors and style? Is it the Kia Stinger? Currently the icon for Kia Motors, the Kia Stinger brought a whole new attitude to Kia Motors. The automaker was intent on “designing cars that drive as good as they look,” and the Kia Stinger definitely delivered. Able to surpass costly luxury cars that claim to drive fast, the Kia Stinger’s performance may have been the jumping off point for Kia Motors going GT, while giving all of their new vehicles a little taste of the Stinger’s style.
Making cars that look great is one thing, but a vehicle that performs at its best is definitely the GT line of the Kia Stinger. With different drive modes for sharp turns or a long ride, drivers enjoy getting behind the wheel of a Kia Stinger GT. Now, Kia Motors is coming out with a GT for many of its vehicles, starting with the 2020 Kia Soul, Kia Forte GT, and Kia Rio GT. If the automaker can deliver on performance this well, can they also upgrade the tech?
A lot of great things have been happening for Kia Motors in recent years, and most currently, they debuted a lineup of outstanding vehicles. At the 2018 LA Auto Show, the 2020 Kia Soul, 2020 Kia Soul EV, and 2019 Kia Niro EV were presented, and the 2020 Kia Telluride was revealed at the 2019 NAIAS. Kia Motors even showcased some pretty cool autonomous technology at the 2019 CES. Out of all of these, the Kia Niro EV was the most elusive. As we get closer to its release (date still yet unannounced), here’s everything we know about the 2019 Kia Niro EV.
Already Named Car of the Year
Back when the Kia Stinger first debuted, the vehicle won many awards before it was even released. Following the tradition, Kia Motors has yet to talk any details about when they plan to release the 2019 Kia Niro EV to the public, but in the European market, the Kia Niro EV has already been named “Car of the Year”. This award came from consumer magazine and website What Car? and the Kia Niro EV, called the e-Niro in European markets, is the first Korean car to win the prestigious award.
Out of the 23 competitors during a competition in Britain, including vehicles powered by gasoline, diesel, and even hybrids, the fully-charged zero-emissions Kia came out on top. This is thanks to its high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, known for travelling up to 280 miles. That’s one of the powertrains currently set for the 2019 Kia Niro EV. An optional 39.2 kWh battery system that can travel 150 miles was also once discussed, but at the moment, it has little spotlight.
The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is booming, and Kia Motors previewed some of their upcoming autonomous technology in the weeks prior. Now that they’re on the floor and ready to showcase, the collection is finally complete. Designed for the post-autonomous auto market; read “once the auto market has fully embraced self-driving vehicles and it becomes the norm”; these technologies could popup in semi-autonomous or Level 3 autonomous vehicles easily. Check out everything going on below.
Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving (R.E.A.D.)
R.E.A.D. is the main highlight of the Kia Motors showcase, and it’s easy to see why. This system is the backbone of many of their post-autonomous concepts. Designed to enhance the human mobility experience by optimizing cabin space and allowing the driver to do so on command would really be an upgrade. Part one was developed through a joint research alliance with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab’s Affective Computing group. In this phase, based on evaluations of the driver’s emotional state in real-time via artificial intelligence-based bio-signal recognition technology, an onboard artificially intelligent (A.I.) system can then customize the interior environment based on its assessment of mood and create a more enjoyable experience while in the vehicle. One would assume the A.I. also monitors normal driving behaviors and picks up on such when the driver’s face is “angry” or “sad” – but that’s just our theory.
The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show is taking place this week, from January 8 to 11, 2019. If not aware, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is an annual show at the Las Vegas Convention Center that showcases more than 4,500 exhibiting companies, including: manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems, and other industries. Not specialized for the automotive, it’s not a guarantee that an automaker name will show, but Kia Motors, part of the Hyundai Motor Group, show up just about every year. Last week we talked about their Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving (R.E.A.D.), and this week we get a peek at a new Automated Valet Parking System before the doors to the 2019 CES open.
Automated Valet Parking System
Yes, it’s just as it sounds. In the coming years, we’ll see a lot of interesting technology from the South Korean automakers, Hyundai and Kia Motors. Some of which deals with their plans to have artificial intelligence (A.I.) and autonomous vehicles on the road by 2020. Given concepts like the upcoming new Kia Telluride and their R.E.A.D. system, the use of artificial intelligence in automobiles will be designed for safety and consumer well-being. Hence their showcase at the 2019 “Consumer” Electronics Show.
What else is Hyundai and Kia bringing for the consumer? How about a way to talk to one’s car with their smartphone? We discussed the wireless electric vehicle charging system Kia Motors is developing, and in conjunction with that technology, the automaker intends to install them in parking garages. Imagine a whole level with parking spaces that act as charging stations. Drivers don’t need to wait for one to open, because with A.I. and autonomous self-driving car technology, their vehicle can find a space and charge up when available, like a cleaning robot looking for its own charging port via radar.