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Although Kia Motors has discussed going into the world of high-performance with a new GT lineup, with vehicles like the Kia Forte GT, Kia Rio GT, and 2020 Kia Soul GT, the automaker has also claimed that Kia Motors will become the world’s newest all-electric automaker. Still, even with the likes of the 2020 Kia Soul EV bringing style and attitude to the lineup, Kia Motors knows better than to dive right in and scrap its current lineup of winners. For one, the 2020 Kia Telluride just came out and spearheaded Kia Motors sales in March. Second, the automaker wouldn’t be as well known as it is today if it wasn’t for the successful and safe lineup of Kia Motors vehicles. With that being said, Kia Motors isn’t yet giving up on gasoline combustion vehicles, and their latest technology with Hyundai Motor Group proves that.
It’s called the “Flex Brake”, and most simply put, Flex Brake technology allows drivers to adjust the braking power of the vehicle when applying pressure to the brake pedal based on their preference. In other words, “Flex Brake” is a pseudo-power-braking system where the consumer controls how much power is required on their end. In conjunction with Hyundai Motor Group, the parent company of Kia Motors, the two developed this new brake technology, and it’s surprisingly the first of its kind.
Automakers aren’t just in a race to make the most efficient vehicle out on the market, they’re constantly in a race for better tech for their vehicles. With self-driving cars still far out in the future, alternative fuel has quickly become the goal automakers have their sights set on. Some automakers are just getting into the biz, but other automakers, like Kia Motors, have been producing hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles for several years. Sometimes, this technology can bleed from one vehicle type to another, like the recent Hyundai and Kia Motors development of “Flex Brake” technology that allows drivers to adjust the braking power of the brake pedal, similar to adjusting the regenerative braking feature on plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. Next on the list is to improve the future of hybrid models, and Hyundai and Kia have seen to that as well with their new technological development – Active Shift Control (ASC) transmission.
Doesn’t sound familiar, does it? That would be because Hyundai Motor Group, the parent company of Kia Motors, has developed the world’s first Active Shift Control (ASC) transmission technology. It’s a new technology that, in short, improves shift times, improves fuel economy, and conserves energy.
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.
After the 2018 Kia Stinger, many may think Kia Motors will continue to make performance sports cars. After all, the Kia Stinger is like no other sports car before it, and Kia Motors is testing their new transfer case for all-wheel drive on the Kia Stinger itself. In the end, the Kia Stinger is quickly becoming the breadwinner for Kia Motors, but now it feels like the automaker is throwing a curveball. Kia Motors is officially shutting down their performance sub-brand…but not really.
When the Kia Stinger was first released, it made a statement about Kia Motors’ new path. With many of their upcoming 2019 models, a lot of vehicles seem to even be taking cues from the performance car in terms of exterior style, and even some interior changes here and there. Kia Motors said this was the vehicle that would start it all, making cars that drive as good as they look. So what happened?
Kia Motors has no interest in making vehicles for the race track. Ford, Dodge, and Chevrolet have that one on lock down. Owned by the Hyundai Motor Group, many thought Kia Motors would be be playing a game of “follow the leader” and chase Hyundai in the performance segment, but that’s not the way their tune goes. For now, Kia is looking at producing more GT models.
Kia Motors and the Hyundai Motor Group are going to be bringing some pretty interesting vehicles and technology to the road in the coming years. In 2020, Kia Motors will get its very own hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, and soon enough, Kia vehicles will also have artificial intelligence (A.I.) technology, too. Partnered with Kakao, a well-known technology firm in Korea, the Hyundai Motor Group (which includes Kia Motors) and Kakao are working together to bring A.I. tech to cars.
Kakao, best known for its messaging app “Kakao Talk”, is a business built around communication, media and content, entertainment, transportation, and really anything that makes one’s lifestyle a little better and a little easier. These days, many auto brands are hooking up with outside sources to improve their lineup with state-of-the-art technology. Lately, it would seem Mitsubishi Motors and Kia Motors are racing to see who will bring out A.I. self-driving vehicles first, with the technology in the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross already pushing the envelope.
Imagine an automobile powered by the sun! No, we’re not talking about solar-powered cars, although that could happen one day. We’re talking about automobiles that are a miniature sun themselves. Ever hear of “fuel cell” vehicles? They could be the future in the automotive industry.
Hydrogen Vehicles and the Hydrogen Highway
To start understanding fuel cell vehicles, one needs to know about hydrogen vehicles. One could call it a miniature sun, for what is the sun other than a giant nuclear fusion reactor with an abundant source of hydrogen? Next comes helium and all the other elements that make up the universe and the human body. Yeah, your body was once a star – think about that for a moment.
We’re getting off track though; a hydrogen vehicle is, as the name states, a vehicle that utilizes hydrogen as its onboard fuel source. We wonder if this is how hybrid vehicle developers felt when first coming out with a new car that didn’t rely solely on gasoline, diesel, or a fossil fuel. Hydrogen vehicles are on the horizon, and big names like Toyota, Hyundai, and soon Kia will be getting hydrogen vehicles known as “fuel cell vehicles.”
To manufacture and market hydrogen vehicles, there are three roadblocks – manufacturing costs, marketability, and the implementation of hydrogen infrastructures. The last one on the list is sure to raise concern – a facility housing a large supply of hydrogen? That’s a bomb waiting to happen.
Once upon a time however, gas stations may have been thought to be just as dangerous, and yet hundreds upon thousands of people visit them every day. You can find gas stations on nearly every street, and charging stations are popping up more frequently too. Next up could be hydrogen highways, or chains of hydrogen infrastructures along roads and highways to keep hydrogen vehicles going.