Kia readies for the post-autonomous era

What to do once autonomous cars are everywhere and no human driving is required? Ask Kia Motors which previewed a range of new technologies developed for the post-autonomous driving era at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. Still at the blue sky stage, perhaps, but Kia is thinking ahead to the age when autonomous cars are everyday mobility.

Its Space of Emotive Driving exhibit introduces so called Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving (READ), a claimed world-first emotional AI-based optimised and interactive cabin space centred on human senses.

READ can optimise and personalise cabin space by analysing a driver's emotional state in real time through AI based bio signal recognition technology which monitors a driver's emotional state using sensors to read their facial expressions, heart rate and electrodermal activity. It then tailors the interior environment according to its assessment – potentially altering conditions relating to the five senses within the cabin, creating, Kia says, "a more joyful mobility experience". AI deep-learning technology enables the system to establish a baseline in user behaviour, and then identify patterns and trends to customise the cabin accordingly.

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Kia considers the interactive cabin a focal point for future mobility, and the READ system represents a convergence of cutting-edge vehicle control technology and AI-based emotional intelligence. The system enables continuous communication between driver and vehicle through the unspoken language of 'feeling', thereby providing an optimal, human-sense oriented space for the driver in real time.