Kia Niro EV Concept Unveiled at CES in Las Vegas

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Kia is previewing one of the new electric vehicles with the debut of the Niro EV concept at CES.

Designed to represent the company's next steps in its "ongoing journey to electrification", the Niro EV concept was created by the company's design studio in South Korea and it features a more stylish appearance than the production model.

That power is a 150 kW electric motor, running off a 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack.

"Virtual reality, self-driving cars, and full vehicle connectivity were all once considered technologies of the distant future".

For instance, since the traditional grille is no longer required for cooling the engine, Kia's designers have replaced it with an interactive display panel. This panel is flanked by slim headlights, while the rear gets 3D-effect taillights.

The cabin features a wrap-around design and mixes silver, grey, and bronze colors. The new HMI also allows drivers to "log-in" to the vehicle using face and voice recognition thanks to technology developed with Amazon Web Services (AWS). These include new advanced driver assistance technologies and pioneering HMI functions, as well as the world's first in-car 5G connection.

Kia Niro EV Concept Unveiled at CES in Las Vegas
Kia Niro EV Concept Unveiled at CES in Las Vegas

Going back to the Niro EV Concept, it can clearly be seen that the concept shares a lot of styling similarities with the standard Niro crossover. An array of eight speakers and noise-cancellation technology create two sound zones in the vehicle, and the technology was developed in-house. There's also a safety system with cameras to detect pedestrians or cyclists and an external speaker to warn them if they don't hear the Niro EV approaching. It will issue an alert if it detects a pedestrian or cyclist come in front of the auto. This in turn is part of an interactive lighting system used in urban environments for visual communication with other users and pedestrians.

Kia has pledged to begin testing level four autonomous vehicles in cities in 2021, along with offering 16 electrified cars by 2025, as part of a new future strategy.

It seems likely the production version of the Niro EV will arrive later this year, with Kia planning a total of 16 new electric vehicles - including five hybrids and plug-ins, five BEVs and an FCEV - by 2025.

He further said, the FCEV is due for launch in 2020 and "will spearhead Kia's efforts to realise a zero-emission future for mobility". Plus its new "ACE" strategy will also make its cars more Autonomous, Connected and Eco/Electric.

In Level 4 autonomous vehicles, there is very high level of automation enabling a auto to operate without human input or control under select conditions of pre-defined areas or roads.

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