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Kia Motors is an automotive brand that will soon become a household name. Throughout 2018, Kia developed an array of interesting technology for the automotive industry, and it seems 2019 will be no different. Already set to debut at the upcoming 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, Kia Motors will be previewing another collection of technology aimed at serving the generation of drivers in autonomous vehicles. This may be a bit unorthodox, seeing as how the industry of self-driving vehicles is still in its infancy stage, and Kia could be getting ahead of things…but maybe that’s a good thing.
Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving (R.E.A.D.)
The technology popping up at the 2019 CES is for the post-autonomous driving generation. This system, R.E.A.D. is designed to enhance the human mobility experience by optimizing and personalizing the in-car cabin experience. Developed through a joint research alliance with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab’s Affective Computing group, the R.E.A.D. System is the first of its kind, capable of changing the vehicle’s cabin space based on evaluations of the driver’s emotional state in real-time via artificial intelligence-based bio-signal recognition technology. This may also share some similar features to the technology seen in early Kia Telluride concepts.
Kia Motors is really into developing new technology these days, and it’s amazing. First is was the Kia Telluride that recently popped up during the 2018 Fashion Week in New York, with an LED light-rejuvenation panel, second-row media band, and the ability to display vital signs just by having someone sit in a seat. Then, Kia Motors began work on a wireless charging system for electric vehicles. Isolated sound zone technology by Kia was the latest, but now they’ve got something really interesting. It’s all-wheel drive, at the push of a button.
Testing it out on the Kia Stinger, Kia Motors announced their next-generation “CK D-AWD” system at the Hyundai Motor Group’s Namyang R&D Center in South Korea. Those acronyms stand for the Stinger’s chassis code (CK) and “Dynamic All-Wheel Drive”. The Kia Stinger is already plenty successful, but Kia Motors knows better than to ride that wave out. They’re looking into making their prized pony even more fun to drive, and that starts with D-AWD.
Rear-wheel drive (RWD) comes standard on the 2018 Kia Stinger, with all-wheel drive as the optional drivetrain. For 2019, instead of choosing between two drivetrains, consumers get RWD automatically, but can opt-in for an all-wheel drive electronically-controlled transfer case. Sound familiar? It’s the same technology found on Jeep® vehicles and other off-road automobiles.
With Kia Motors working on new technology for their up and coming alternative fuel vehicles, we wonder if they’ll ever stop surprising us. First, the automaker came out with the world’s first hybrid crossover, the Kia Niro. Shortly after, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) variant of the crossover came out, the Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid. Now, Kia is working hard on getting the Kia Niro electric vehicle out onto the streets, but still has several bullets in the chamber. Up next is the world’s first hybrid SUV, the Kia Telluride, and a whole new sound system that will change vehicle cabins forever.
Back when the Kia Telluride concept got the green light, we were ecstatic. This is the most futuristic vehicle headed for the auto market, designed with an LED Light-Emitted Rejuvenation (LER) therapeutic system, Smart Sensors that can monitor and display configurable health information of the first and second-row passengers, and a Swipe Command touch-sensitive second-row media-control band that allows the second-row passengers to access multimedia via a touchscreen of their own. That third feature is a technology that Kia Motors, in conjunction with the Hyundai Motor Group, is intent to expand on.
Introducing “Separated Zone Technology” into the auto market, Kia Motors will release what it calls a Separated Sound Zone (SSZ) audio system in future vehicles. Like noise-canceling headphones that drown out ambient noise (using a small microphone), SSZ technology isolates acoustic fields around the cabin of a vehicle and then allows speakers around the cabin to increase or reduce audio levels individually. No longer will all speakers be tied to the center console and the main audio system alone. In a five-passenger vehicle, the driver and front passenger can listen to their tunes in the front, while passengers listen to their own in the back. Kia Motors even discusses the possibility of making private phone calls private by isolating them to a single speaker in the cabin.