Kia Concept Near-Full Autonomy

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November 7, 2019—Kia reveals its Futuron Concept, a near-fully autonomous battery-electric SUV coupe, at the 2019 China International Import Expo in Shanghai, reports

“The Kia Futuron Concept is built around a single, strong ‘360-degree’ design notable for its pure, smooth form devoid of ornament,” the automaker says in a news release. “The delicate diffusion of the body's surfaces creates a series of taut, flowing shapes which twist, expand and contract around the body.

“The result is a sleek and streamlined shape, creating an aero-efficient profile.”

Lidar sensors are capable of providing the concept with Level 4 autonomous-driving features, enabling hands-off and eyes-off driving in most conditions, Kia says.

The incorporation of level 4 autonomous driving technology opens up a spacious and flexible cabin, Kia says. The two front seats, which the automaker compares to first-class airline seats, can offer an upright driving position or a reclined resting position.  Activation of the Futuron’s autonomous driving features causes the steering wheel to retract as the front seats recline, helping reduce fatigue on long drives.

The 360-degree theme is underscored by illuminating a sharp character line encircling the Futuron’s body. This lighting responds to physical gestures and movements made outside the car, the automaker says.

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