Kia has announced that it is planning to develop their own autonomous vehicle, in the wake of many other manufacturers doing the same.

Kia is first planning to create partially autonomous cars, before introducing self-driving vehicles by 2030.

After an investment of just under 1.5 billion pounds, Kia will be able to introduce the first of its Advanced Driver Assistance systems – which will in turn lead on to the development of next generation vehicles for the company.

Tae-Won Lim, vice president, central advanced research and engineering institute of Hyundai Motor Group said: “Fully-autonomous 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 full autonomous – will ultimately make driving safer for everyone.”

Kia’s new technology will be developed in three key areas. The first is ‘Recognition’, which includes the advancement of technology surrounding sensors that detect other vehicles and hazards, and are able to read the road ahead.

The next is ‘judgement’, which is a system that allows the car to make decisions based on the data produced by the various sensors across the car.

Finally, ‘control’ are electronic and mechanical systems that will be allow to vehicle to process data given to it and make decisions in any situation that it is posed with.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

December 19, 2015