As reported in our story here, KIA has chosen CES 2018 to be the springboard for its future product strategy. The vision is called ‘Boundless for all’ and it includes KIA’s new range of technologies under Autonomous, Connected and Eco/electric, ergo ACE.
“‘Boundless for all’ is Kia’s future vision – where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the infinite value that future mobility will bring. This is Kia’s manifesto for its role as a mass mobility provider in the future. Consumers are bound today by the idea that a car is ‘just a vehicle’, but Kia is committed to providing a broader solution to mobility. ‘Boundless for all’ represents a future in which a vehicle can be so much more than the sum of its parts,” said Dr. Woong-chul Yang, Vice Chairman and Head of Kia R&D Center.
The Ace elements include clear aims with the brand planning to roll out Level 4 autonomous products, with its ‘Smart City’ autonomous car to begin testing by 2021; On the connected front the brand has announced implementation of connected car technologies by 2025 with 100% model coverage by 2030; On the electric front the brand will be moving faster with 16 new vehicles by 2025 that include advanced powertrains like hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric, with a fuel cell electric vehicle by 2020.
“By 2025, we will offer a total of 16 advanced powertrain vehicles, with five new hybrids and plug-in hybrids, five new battery EVs, and an all-new mass market FCEV. Due to launch in 2020, this FCEV will spearhead Kia’s efforts to realize a zero-emission future for mobility,” said Vice Chairman Yang.
The company also announced the expansion of its car sharing service WiBLE from Korea to Europe in 2018.
The main car on display at CES 2018 is the Niro EV concept that brings some of the vision to a physical form. It showcases the future Niro with a battery electric drivetrain and a range of 383 kilometres. The powertrain consists of a 64 kWh pack with a 150 kW motor. Most of the technologies used are production ready and will be seen on future models.
In addition, there are separate displays for the cockpits, with the one shown on the Niro EV concept being dominated by a large central display, controls from the touch surface of the steering wheel and an ability to read gestures.The system also uses Amazon servers to provide facial recognition and voice services.
In another cockpit, the cabin has the first instance of 5G communication, with a link open from Korea. The cabin also showcases new audio layouts that allow passengers in different zones to listen to different audio streams using noise cancellation and directional speaker technologies.