Kia Soul EV Autonomous Testing 02

Nevada has granted Kia a licence to test its self-driving Soul EV on public roads in the state. Together with sister company Hyundai, the automaker aims to introduce semi-autonomous technologies to its lineup by 2020 and eventually bring its first fully-autonomous car into the market by 2030.

“Thanks to this license we will be able to accelerate the testing of our new autonomous driving technologies that are currently in the early stages of development, with particular emphasis on our alternative powertrain vehicles,” said Hyundai vice president of advanced research, Tae-Won Lim.

With an investment of US$ 2 billion, Kia will use Nevada’s roads to develop and test its Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), which include Traffic Jam Assist, Highway Autonomous Driving, Urban Autonomous Driving, Emergency Stop System, as well as Autonomous Valet Parking. These new technologies will join the suite of features already offered on the Sorento and the soon-to-be-launched Sportage and Optima.

As for its first self-driving car, the company will combine the ADAS with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to- infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication. This enables the car to communicate directly and independently with its surroundings.





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