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Before the Coronavirus spread across the world and automotive shows were still being looked forward to, the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show, taking place in January every year, got lucky. Although it’s called a “Consumer Electronics” show, don’t let the title fool anyone. Automakers will still take this time as a chance to show off new concepts, usually automotive technologies, and build attention for upcoming features for future models. During the 2020 CES, Kia Motors, in conjunction with the Hyundai Motor Group, and in partnership with Uber, there was a pretty interesting concept “floating” around. It’s the futuristic Uber Air Taxi, and it caught the attention of Etisalat, a leading telecommunications company in Africa and the Middle East, just in time for the 2020 GITEX Technology Week.
Although most shows and public exhibits have been shut down for the year, GITEX Technology Week is taking place between December 6–10, 2020 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Currently called the Hyundai Motor Group’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) vision concept, or S-A1, was named on the Etisalat “Best Innovations in 2020” list. This honor led to it being invited to showcase such game-changing technology in an ecosystem where offering everyone some form of private or public transportation is quickly growing. Whether we’re ready to let a complete stranger fly us around from point A to point B, well, isn’t that the same thing as every other airline pilot out there? The difference here is, will companies have certified pilots operating these fleets or will this be a service open to freelance pilots who don’t necessarily take random drug screenings?
We’re getting ahead of ourselves here. The Hyundai Motor Group, made up mostly of Hyundai Motors and Kia Motors, is usually referred to as “The Group”, and has been working on many different kinds of technologies and transportation for a while now, and with the world population steadily growing, how are we going to avoid getting stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic in the following years? Are the airways really the next step? The Group seems to think so.
“Hyundai is developing core technologies that will establish it as the driving force behind Urban Air Mobility, offering a new and affordable transportation paradigm,” – Jaiwon Shin, Executive Vice President and Head of Urban Air Mobility Division of Hyundai Motor Group
The S-A1 is just one of three major mobility solutions The Group is heading into. Along with the SA-1 aircraft, The Group is also taking a large look at Purpose-Built Vehicles (PBVs), or vehicles designed for specific functions that can be performed autonomously, like shopping, or delivering food, or inter-connected hubs where someone can go from the bar to the gym without leaving their home. Sort of like an above ground subway system where each car is dedicated to another function, but these cars are PBVs able to house groups of people. Actually, this is the third solution The Group is working on, known as “The Hub”, meant to serve as the next public venue for mobility transfer and community activities. This last one is another invention spawned from the Coronavirus, but doesn’t necessarily need to be just used for keeping enclosed spaces and parties safe.
Lots of cool stuff is still going on, and we’re all hoping it continues to grow in 2021. Follow along with us on Miami Lakes Kia social media.
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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 that has always been on top of things. With a lineup that’s ever-growing with alternative fuel options, Kia Motors is set to become an all-electric automaker with concepts like the upcoming Kia Futuron. With the automaker placing a focus on purpose-built vehicles, sedans, and even micro electric vehicles, what comes next from Kia Motors is anyone’s guess. There is another part of technology from Kia Motors that’s also been slowly growing, and it gives consumers a whole new way to “connect” with their automobile. It’s the UVO infotainment system, and it has the attention of a renowned name in the automotive world – J.D. Power.
The Kia UVO infotainment system has come a long way. What started as a simple infotainment system that did most of the basic things – play music, navigate, make phone calls – the system eventually evolved. Although Kia Motors isn’t known to hold out on high tech for high-end trims, the new UVO system actually wasn’t made available on all trims of some of the new models. The new 2020 Kia Telluride and 2020 Kia Seltos offer the UVO but depending on the trim consumers may get a different version.
Autonomous self-driving and semi-autonomous vehicles have been picking up speed in technology, popularity, and practicality these last few years. Every auto maker seems to have a concept or even prototype out, and the basic setup is pretty clear-cut. Making use of sensors, GPS devices, and cameras seem to be the norm for self-driving vehicles. Hyundai and Kia Motors are changing up the autonomous car game with a new self-driving system.
This month, Hyundai and Kia announced their new advanced vehicle-road communication system that they will integrate into their current autonomous driving technology. Unlike today’s tech setup for self-driving vehicles, where on board cameras, radars, and sensors are used, the new tech from Hyundai and Kia will work a little differently. Cameras, radars, and sensors are a great start, but they don’t create a comprehensive enough picture of a car’s surroundings. They may be good for getting around, but when it comes to weather, pedestrians, and other road obstacles only humans are used to navigating around, such devices fall a bit short.