Boundless for All: Kia’s new vision for future mobility (at CES 2018) January 10th, 2018
Under Kia’s new ‘Boundless for all’ vision, we are previewing a future in which the potential of mobility and transportation is limitless at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from January 9th to the 12th. To broaden horizons with mobility services, we are demonstrating a range of new technologies as part of our new ‘ACE strategy’ to make cars more Autonomous, Connected, and Eco/Electric, alongside our ‘WiBLE’ car-sharing service.
At CES 2018, we will reveal the fully-electric subcompact SUV Niro EV Concept featuring a first-ever Human-machine interface (HMI) and an advanced new ‘motion graphic’ lighting system, previewing the potential ahead of these technologies for market introduction in the near future.
The Niro EV Concept’s aerodynamically-efficient body allows air to slip over, around and beneath the vehicle with ease. The traditional grille – no longer required for engine cooling – is replaced by a smooth interactive display panel, combined with ultra-slim lamp technology in the front.
Inside, the cabin interior has been designed with a pure, minimalist and digital appearance, creating greater user interaction with new technologies and features.
The Niro EV Concept is powered by a next-generation electric vehicle powertrain using new production technologies earmarked for near-future EVs, and suggests a driving range of 383 kilometers with zero tailpipe emissions. Energy is provided by a high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, paired with a powerful 150 kW electric motor.
With a silent powertrain, and in anticipation of the car’s frequent urban and suburban driving, the concept boasts new technologies to enhance pedestrian safety, one of them being the new Active Pedestrian Warning System (APWS).
The APWS features a combination of front view cameras, object recognition technology and front speakers that sound an alert specifically targeted at the pedestrian crossing in front of the car to warn them of the car’s presence. APWS is matched by the concept’s new interactive lighting system, which offers users and pedestrians highly-intuitive visual communication with the vehicle.
In conjunction with the Niro EV Concept reveal, we are presenting a range of interactive exhibits that combine existing and future technologies to demonstrate how vehicles could be optimized for enhanced connectivity as they become more autonomous.
Introducing three interactive, cockpit-style exhibits, the first cockpit gives visitors a chance to experience the Niro EV Concept’s new human-machine interface (HMI) with enhanced interaction with the vehicle. The second cockpit presents the Concept’s Separate Sound Control System that enhances the occupant comfort. And the third cockpit enables visitors to interact with our developing autonomous drive technologies through Virtual Reality (VR) simulators.
Enabling urban and suburban mobility, we are announcing plans for the ‘WiBLE’ car-sharing service, which offers vehicles to customers who need to drive but may not own a car of their own or who desire more driving convenience in city centers. ‘WiBLE’, first launched in Korea in 2017, is short for ‘Widely Accessible’. It will be introduced to certain European markets and cities from late 2018.
We are also adding UVO Agent to compatible Kia vehicles in America, allowing owners to interact with Google Assistant on their phones or Google Home to execute a variety of remote commands. Kia’s integration with the Google Assistant is now available on the 2018 Niro PHEV, Soul EV, Optima PHEV and K900 with compatible UVO hardware.
Stay tuned for more news of the Kia Niro EV Concept car and the brand’s vision for future mobility on BUZZ and throughout our social media platforms!