Kia Imagines Autonomous Vehicles at SEMA
Kia offered a look to the future at Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) 2016 this week in Las Vegas, November 1-4, with a focus on autonomous vehicles. SEMA is the top automotive specialty products show in the world drawing 100,000 industry experts from more than 100 countries. Kia often showcases concept vehicles at SEMA and this year will be no different. The Korean automaker has pledged to deliver fully autonomous vehicles by 2030 and partially autonomous vehicles no later than 2020.
Kia took it new hybrid utility vehicle, Niro and transformed it into a companion and training partner for the triathlete. The car includes a small bed and bike rack. Laser lights provide an LED lane for cyclists to follow behind the car which monitors rider training speed, time and distance. After training? An ergonomic reclining chair and portable shower provides comfort and relaxation.
School of Rock Sedona
In partnership with School of Rock, a performance-based music education company, the Sedona has been transformed into a ‘gig’ van which includes a rolling recording studio, digital mixing board, dual flat-screen monitors, performance amps, speakers and ceiling mounted boom mic.
Sorento Ski Gondola
The Sedona concept is ready conquer snow and ice and provide storage for ski and other winter gear. The leather interior has been given a protective waterproofing treatment.
Soul First Class
Who wouldn’t want to commute or travel in this car? Rear facing front seats, a 40-inch LED TV, computer system, premium audio system and luxurious interior appointments make this a drivers’ dream—especially since it drives itself.
If these concepts are any indication of future automotive evolution, it is very exciting.