KIA PLANS TO MAKE JAMS A PLEASURE
KIA Motors plans to introduce a range of partially-autonomous driving technologies to its model line-up in the next five years, and is aiming to bring its first fully-autonomous car to market by 2030.
Tae-Won Lim, vice president of Central Advanced Research and Engineering Institute of Hyundai Motor Group, commented: “Fullyautonomous vehicles are still some way off, and a great deal of research and rigorous product testing will need to be carried out to make the ‘self-driving car’ a reality. KIA is still in the early stages of developing its own technologies, and we are confident that the latest innovations — both partially and fully autonomous — will ultimately make driving safer for everyone.”
The new technologies currently under development includes remote parking and automatic highway driving with smart cruise control — both of which systems already exists — but pundits are excited about Kia’s Traffic Jam Assist. Kia said this system will help make light work of heavy congestion by tracking the vehicle in front during moderate-tohighly congested traffic conditions.
The system employs a range of sensors to maintain a safe distance from the car in front and keep the vehicle within its lane. Using TJA, drivers will find it easier — and more relaxing — to navigate traffic jams on often-congested roads.