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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.

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