Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Kia's Stand Packed With Tech at CES in Las Vegas

Aside from the Cub concept that brought to the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, a car we’ve already seen before and know, Kia is also showcasing new infotainment and display systems in different exhibits around their stand.

Firstly, the brand’s  UVO infotainment system is on show with capability to enable “users to easily and efficiently perform functions such as dictating messages, selecting their favorite music or asking for directions, all while keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.” It’s an all-new system that’s highly customizable, and while it won’t be available on all 2015 model-year Kias, you will find it on some according to the manufacturer.

There’s also a special version of UVO (UVO EV) for electric vehicles, which adds smartphone app support and specifically designed for this type of car, featuring all the major options that it specifically requires.

Next up is a preview of one of the future design direction for Kia dashboards (probably), as the Korean automaker has us look at the “eye-catching IVI Concept provides a look at Kia's latest innovations in the area of in-vehicle services. The seamless delivery of content is achieved by a multi-display layout, prominently featuring a 20-inch multi-touch center console display.”

It’s meant to integrate all new safety and entertainment developments in the industry seamlessly with the interior, bombarding the driver/user with things to do, adjust and be warned about.

Another way for their interiors to go would be that of the User-centered Driver Concept or UCD. It has a different approach to IVI, with an altogether different feel and design. Sitting atop the dials cowl, we find a slanted 18-inch head-up display that conveys useful information to the driver, while “the 12.3-inch TFT-LCD cluster presents a 3D view of vital vehicle information, utilizing eye-tracking technology to maintain a clear view from various angles.”

An induction charging pad for smartphones is also present here.

By Andrei Nedelea



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