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Last week, we discussed the reveal of the Kia EV6, the very first vehicle to come from the Kia Motors Corp, now Kia Corp, and known as Kia America for Kia Motors America. There was so much information to cover, we decided to split it up a bit. The new powertrain, style, and interior cabin of the EV6 already has a lot going for it, but the technology really sends this electric vehicle into a new age.
Standard and Available Tech Features
Starting with the dashboard, the driver has a panoramic dual integrated 12-inch TFT center cluster displaying vehicle diagnostics, and the infotainment screens form a wide, curved display that extends across the length of the instrument panel. An Augmented Reality (AR) Head-Up Display (HUD) is available, and makes viewing this information easier, including speed and Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) alerts, vehicle information, lane guidance and turn-by-turn navigation instructions.
Back in October 2020, the Hyundai Motor Group, also known as “the Group”, and the umbrella or automotive group that is home to Kia Motors, held the Fifth Mobility Innovators Forum. Virtually hosted by Hyundai CRADLE Silicon Valley from October 29 to 30, 2020, the fifth MIF had a major focus on autonomous vehicle business, fuel cell business, smart factory, and smart city solutions. Always looking for ways to expand and partnerships to build, the Group is starting a new application pool for a special tech platform, called the ZER01NE Accelerator, aimed at opening a stage to discuss innovation of new technologies and how such technology can be integrated into automobiles today or the near future. ZER01NE will also serve as a way to bring startups and the Group’s internal teams together to collaborate on new projects.
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.
Ooooh la la, we finally get to see the 2020 Kia Optima in all its glory! Well, not every detail exactly, but more details have been revealed and that’s cause for celebration. We got a look at the new 2021 Kia Optima in November 2019, but no one could really get too jazzed up about it. After all, Kia Motors was still teasing us with renderings of the new model, but at least the latest information confirmed that a lot of the early concept renderings made it into the final production model. The new Optima is looking pretty rad, and Kia Motors just revealed new information about the upcoming fastback sedan – we’re going to see a lot of new technology.
Yes, yes, and more yes! That’s what we want to hear. Kia Motors has recently stated that the new-generation Kia Optima is bolder, feature-packed, more technologically driven with more safety features and connectivity options. We’re still waiting for Kia to release a good look at the cabin and what the center console for the new Kia Optima looks like, but still no sneak peeks. Even so, Kia Motors has shared plenty of details, stating that the dashboard will be wider and the cabin will feature soft-touch materials. Across the center console, a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster will be installed, along with a wide touchscreen display that is physically attached to the instrument cluster, situated in front of the driver.
There are also some nifty technological additions to the cabin. Kia will be offering the upgrade option of a 10.25-inch touchscreen and for the first-time ever, a powerful 12-speaker BOSE surround-sound audio system. The outside of the new 2021 Kia Optima definitely has a striking appearance and the interior cabin definitely has enough upgrades to match. For a little personalization upon entry, the cabin has a mood lighting feature with soft ambient light emitting from panels in the doors and crash pad. There’s also wireless phone charging, but all of this is pretty standard for the top-tier vehicles today, right?