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Necessity is the mother of invention. It’s an English-language proverb, but it rings true, and more so now than ever. In a post-pandemic world, whenever that will be, businesses everywhere are looking for new ways to thrive in a broken economy, and every industry is looking for ways to help healthcare officials. The Hyundai Motor Group, the umbrella automotive group that houses Kia Motors, has developed a new technology to help keep the air quality in the cabin of vehicles cleaner. This sounds very familiar, probably because many automakers are starting to look into ways to improve their vehicles for handling the pandemic, aside from social distancing which is difficult inside the cabin of most vehicles.
There are three bits of technology to take a look at. “After-Blow”, “Multi-Air Mode”, and “Fine Dust Indicator”. Each is made to improve the air and overall quality of the cabin. With viruses becoming airborne, keeping the air quality in private and enclosed spaces high is a huge concern. Hopefully mode car models will adopt this new technology while we keep chugging along.
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.
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?
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.