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Kia Motors prepping production ready autonomous cars by 2020

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.
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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
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