Kia Reimagines The Future With Self-Driving Cars We Actually Want
5 November 2016 - Carbuzz
It’s probably not a coincidence that Halloween and the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association) show are held so close to each other because for many automakers it’s a chance to dress their cars up in the most outlandish costumes complete with extra horsepower, crazy modifications, and graphics that would snap necks in traffic.
Essentially, it's a show that allows automakers to put on their craziest costumes. Kia decided to imagine how four of its models would look like in a future filled with autonomous cars.
As we recently confirmed when speaking to Henrik Fisker about his autonomous EMotion, losing the need for a driver changes everything about a car's design including opening up space where the steering wheel once was, enabling for the front seats to face the rear, and adding the need for more sophisticated in-car entertainment systems for longer drives. To incorporate these changes, as well as the wild imaginations of some of its more wild designers, Kia brought modified versions of the Niro, Sedona, Sorento, and Soul to Las Vegas. The Niro, dubbed the Triathlon for SEMA, is envisioned as an autonomous vehicle for the traveling athlete. Think of the cyclist or surfer that needs to travel long distance for a competition.