After granting Hyundai permission to test autonomous driving technologies on public roads, US state of Nevada also allows Kia to perform the same testing sessions.
Kia, together with its sister company Hyundai, are starting to experiment with partially- and fully- autonomous driving technologies in real-world conditions, as the US state of Nevada grants Korean manufacturers permission to test autonomous driving technologies on public roads. Kia plans to introduce a range of partially-autonomous driving technologies to its model line-up including eco-friendly vehicles by 2020, and is aiming to bring its first fully-autonomous car to market by 2030. The initial stage of investment by Kia and Hyundai, totaling 2 billion dollars by 2018, will enable the companies to develop new Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technologies and employ more engineers to support their efforts in this direction.
Kia will test its Soul EV model packed with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, like Traffic Jam Assist (TJA), Highway Autonomous Driving (HAD), Urban Autonomous Driving (UAD), Emergency Stop System (ESS), and Autonomous Valet Parking technologies. Nevada has been an important scene for testing self-driving technology since the state issued a law four years ago to allow such “experiments” on public roads. Google was one of the first companies that took advantage of that law and applied for permission. Audi shortly followed, while Freightliner was first to expand the authorization to commercial vehicles with its license for the Inspiration semi-truck earlier this year.