Published: November 17, 2015 | Seoul, South Korea
Kia is playing catch-up on autonomous driving technology, with plans to eventually reach SAE Level 2-4 automation and to complete a dedicated Hyundai-Kia autonomous proving ground in California next year. On the way to its goal of full autonomy by 2030, the Korean automaker will spend $2 billion by 2018 for the first of its Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technologies as part of parent Hyundai Motor Group’s effort.
The initial technology available by 2016 will include drive assist, park assist and active safety features. Also in 2016, Hyundai-Kia will open an autonomous driving proving ground in California City, as part of its 10-year-old U.S. proving ground near Mojave, California.
Kia says its short-term goal is to have Highway Driving Assist (HDA), combining Lane Guidance System and Advanced Smart Cruise Control by 2020. HDA will automatically maintain a safe distance from cars in front, obey the local speed limit using navigation data, and will overtake a slower car in its lane by automatically changing lanes. The technology is similar to the Cadillac SuperCruise system and Volvo’s 100-car test of XC90s in Gothenburg, Sweden, both scheduled for 2017.
Source: Automobile Mag