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Kia Drive Wise set to change driving for the better

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Kia Drive Wise set to change driving for the better

While watching Kia at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in January, their Drive Wise program caught my eye. Showcased within the Kia Soul EV, the new technology could potentially make the roads safer for everyone.
We know that cars will eventually become autonomous. We also know that Kia and Hyundai are both investing huge amounts of money into the technology. What was news that that Kia has a 15 year plan called Drive Wise. It’s a plan that will utilize a lot of very useful technologies to make roads safer while on the way to full autonomy.
Drive Wise is the project name for a series of technologies that will help with road safety. They include driver monitoring, Preceding Vehicle Following (PVF), Urban Autonomous Driving, Highway Autonomous Driving (HAD). Each will be a useful technology in its own right but combined, they could really help road safety.
Kia Drive Wise
Driver monitoring is probably the most contentious but also potentially the most useful. It is a system designed to eliminate distracted driving by monitoring the driver’s eyes. If the eyes aren’t looking at the road for a given period of time, the system will bring the car to a safe halt.
As this cycling website says ‘it’s the technology every cyclist has been waiting for!’ We would add that it’s the technology every road user has been waiting for.
Preceding Vehicle Following (PVF) technology seems very clever indeed. It can semi-autonomously drive the car to a given destination and follow a road and traffic even when there are no road markings. This is the next level to lane keeping technology.
Urban Autonomous Driving uses the same sensors and combines it with live traffic information. The plan is that the car can either suggest and take less busy routes or take over the boring part of driving in traffic.
Finally, Highway Autonomous Driving utilizes current lane-keeping technology mixed with front crash prevention systems, adaptive cruise control, radar and 360 degree sensors to take care of highway driving at highway speeds.
Some of these systems are already options in some cars while others are deep into development. Kia and Hyundai aren’t the only ones investing heavily in technology. As we mentioned earlier in the week, with front crash prevention systems such as autonomous braking now forming part of new vehicle safety scores, they are being adopted into all new cars.
While we are still not sure about autonomous driving as a concept, we do agree that many of these innovations will make driving much safer than it currently is.
Visit Kia of Hamilton, 1885 Upper James St, Hamilton ON, L9B 1K8 to see Kia’s latest innovations in action.

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