Kia to Debut Self-Driving Car Tech Next Year,How much longer will it be before you can sit back and relax as your car takes you to where you need to go? In just one year, that answer will be a lot less than you’d think. Kia, the South Korean automaker best known for its dependable and affordable models like the Soul and Forte, will debut AutoMode self-driving car technology in its cars next year, allowing drivers to take their hands off the wheel and their feet off the pedals for long periods of time.
The Korean car maker is the lates
Kia, which has been selling self-driving cars in Korea since 2015, will bring its AutoMode technology stateside by 2019. For those of you unaware of AutoMode, it’s a combination of semi and fully autonomous driving modes that lets drivers take their hands off of — or most of their hands off — the wheel. Unlike many self-driving technologies currently on roads in some form or another, Kia’s doesn’t require sensors built into specific sections (or lanes) of pavement to work. Instead, it relies solely on cameras and radar.
How far are we from self-driving cars?
What are some of your concerns about self-driving cars? Autonomous driving technologies have been around for a while, but it’s only in recent years that they’ve really taken off. For example, Google’s self-driving car project, now called Waymo, was started in 2009. It was an experiment—and an exciting one at that. But today we can see just how far autonomous driving has come thanks to companies like Tesla and Kia looking to break into a new market: self-driving vehicles. What does all of that mean for you? What will it take before your friend’s old clunker is replaced by self-driving tech? Keep reading to find out…!
How will this affect our lives?
While self-driving cars may seem like a faraway concept to many, Kia is promising that its semi-autonomous vehicles will be available in dealerships by 2022. That’s just four years away. So what exactly do we have to look forward to? And how will it change our lives?
A peek into the future of self-driving cars
Automakers are constantly coming up with new ways to improve their self-driving cars. The biggest issue is, who do we have to blame when something goes wrong? Kia plans on debuting a new piece of tech at CES in January that could eventually solve some of these issues. It’s called Highway Autonomous Driving (HAD) and it essentially allows you to semi-autonomously drive on highways for hours at a time. In case of an emergency, you can take over driving without needing any input from your passenger or computer. Here’s hoping it works as well as expected!
What does it take to create a self-driving car?
Kia Motors will introduce autonomous driving features on its new Niro compact crossover. The car is set to debut at CES 2022, which kicks off on January 9 in Las Vegas. Kia doesn’t plan to make an actual self-driving car—just a vehicle with certain autonomous capabilities, like lane assist and adaptive cruise control. The Korean automaker says it can do so because of a partnership with Aurora Innovation Inc., a startup founded by Sterling Anderson, who previously led Tesla’s autopilot program for five years. We are now developing a business structure for mass producing SAE level 4 autonomous vehicles, said Hyoung-Keun Kim, executive vice president of Kia R&D Center in Korea.
What about security?
The news is full of stories about hackers taking over cars and driving them remotely, but it’s important to note that self-driving car hacks haven’t yet impacted everyday people. People who use these cars probably aren’t too worried about security, as they don’t have anything to lose if a hacker were to gain access—they don’t need their vehicle to be able to drive on its own if they don’t want it to. Eventually, as vehicles become more self-reliant and connected to smart homes, then security will become an even bigger concern. But for now, we can safely assume that, at least for public access self-driving cars, nothing has changed (yet).