Kia Debuts Seven Top-Notch Technologies at CES

The Consumer Electrics Show (CES), currently running in Las Vegas, is also hosting the introduction of several new goodies for the auto sector and, as far as we're concerned, Kia is the guest star of the show for the time being. The South Korean manufacturer demonstrates a total of seven technologies, including the UVO system we told you about a few days ago.

Besides the UVO, whose details description you'll find right here, Kia also presented a touch-sensitive control panel that provides access to most features of the car. Among the main advantages of such a system over classic button, the most obvious is the quick access plus the faster reactions to user inputs.

The world's first "haptic" steering wheel controls lets you browse among the main features of the audio system without moving your hand away from the steering wheel. Thanks to its touch-sensitive control and the generated reactive feedback vibration, the driver is capable to track the systems while keeping the hands on the wheel and the eyes on the road, as Kia explains in a press release.

Additionally, the South Korean carmaker is also demonstrating a full Telematic service that relies on the existing audio system and Bluetooth support. In short terms, the new technology is much faster as compared to the current system (official figures are pointing to a transfer speed of 40 bytes per second) and is even capable to place automatic emergency service calls in case you're involved in an accident and airbags are deployed.

Another attraction at Kia's booth at the CES is the live digital TV technology which, according to the manufacturer, provides uninterrupted TV reception at speeds of up to 180 mph.

Kia and Ubivelox collaborated on a new widget system that can bring various formats of information straight in the car, no matter if the vehicle is in motion or not. For instance, the system can receive RSS news, traffic information or updates from multiple networking applications such as Twitter or Facebook.

Last but not least, Kia is presenting two antennas, developed with the help of Korean-based Ace-Antenna, especially designed for Telematic and ITS reception. The two devices can read a number of signals, including CMDA and GPS.
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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