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Kia Shows Massive Head-Up Display, Next UVO for Soul EV at 2014 CES

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/7/2014 Karla Sanchez

There were plenty of gizmos and gadgets on display at Kia's booth at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but the most interesting pieces of technology worth scoping out included the User-Centered Driver (UCD) Concept and the next-gen UVO infotainment system set to debut on the new Kia Soul EV.

Head-up displays are nothing new, but the UCD concept stepped it up with a massive 18-inch display that shows valuable driver information such as speed, navigation, and traffic information. Having such a large display, Kia says, is supposed to help keep drivers' eyes on the road. In addition to the head-up display, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster showing 3D views of vehicle information uses eye-tracking technology to improve clarity at various angles. Making things even easier on the driver is a hand-gesture controller that utilizes infrared light and camera sensors. With this tech, drivers don’t ever have to take their eyes off the road because they can access navigation and radio settings by simply moving their hands or fingers in a certain way. The UCD concept also boasts a wireless charging pad because we all know several charging cords crowding the center console can be rather annoying. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Ahead of the Kia Soul EV's debut, the Korean automaker showed how the electric car's UVO smartphone app will work. By downloading the app, owners can be always be in the know of how much juice and range is left in the battery until they need to charge up again, and where the nearest charging station is located. Owners can also preset charging time and charging level ratios through the app, while also being able to control the HVAC controls remotely. Kia also brought the KND-7 concept to CES. Painted in bright yellow, the KND-7 serves as a new twist to the Kia Kee 2+2 concept. At around 13 feet long, the concept showcased a broad mouth with the signature Tiger nose grille that's been tweaked a bit. Underneath the hood is a 1.6-liter turbocharged I-4 that puts out 201 hp. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Although we won't see the UCD or KND-7 concept make it to production anytime soon, we can expect to see the new UVO system in the Kia Soul EV when it debuts in the U.S. sometime this year.

Source: Kia

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