Kia SEED Electric Car (Cycle?) To Debut At CES

JAN 3 2019 BY MARK KANE 7

Four-wheel electric cycle with a range of 100 km (62 miles)

At the upcoming 2019 CES, Kia will present an unusual vehicle, the SEED Car, which turns out to be four-wheel electric cycle.

It could be an interesting mobility solution for cities, especially since the pedal-electric hybrid system will enable it to go up to 100 km (62 miles) on a single charge without much effort (required pedal input from the driver will not be high).

“The concept has been designed to make urban driving easy, fun and safe, while exploring how Kia could make the final mile of any journey possible with a personal mobility device.

For longer journeys, the ‘SEED Car’ is housed within the ‘BIRD Car’ – an autonomous shuttle vehicle capable of travelling further than the four-wheel cycle’s range capabilities. Once within 100km of its final urban destination, the ‘SEED Car’ is ‘dispersed’ to complete its journey.”

R.E.A.D. System

Kia ‘Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving’ (R.E.A.D.) System

The other EVs from Kia at CES are to be futuristic autonomous vehicles, smart enough to recognize humans emotions – this is what happens when making us pod people is not radical enough.

The system is called Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving (R.E.A.D.). Kia says that it’s the automotive industry’s first technology converging human senses-oriented in-cabin environment control and AI-based emotional intelligence.
More explained in the press release:
Kia Motors is previewing a range of new technologies developed for the post-autonomous driving era at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019, to be held in Las Vegas from January 8 to 11.
Building on the the brand’s ‘Beyond Autonomous Driving’ vision for connected vehicles presented at CES 2018, Kia is looking ahead to a time when autonomous driving has become the norm with an interactive ‘Space of Emotive Driving’ exhibit at this year’s show.
Introducing ‘Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving’ (R.E.A.D.)
In a future where vehicles have the potential to drive themselves, Kia is laying the foundations for major technological development to improve the human mobility experience. Central to the presentation of this ‘Space of Emotive Driving’ vision at CES 2019 is Kia’s new Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving (R.E.A.D.) System – a world-first emotional AI-based optimized and interactive in-cabin space centered on human senses.
The R.E.A.D. System can optimize and personalize a vehicle cabin space by analyzing a driver’s emotional state in real-time through AI-based bio-signal recognition technology. The technology 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 a more joyful mobility experience. AI deep-learning technology enables the system to establish a baseline in user behavior, and then identify patterns and trends to customize the cabin accordingly.
Mr. Albert Biermann, President and Head of Research & Development Division of Hyundai Motor Group said, “Kia considers the interactive cabin a focal point for future mobility, and the R.E.A.D. 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”
The R.E.A.D. System is revealed alongside V-Touch – a world-first virtual touch-type gesture control technology. V-Touch employs a 3D camera to monitor users’ eyes and fingertip, allowing occupants to manage several in-car features via an unobtrusive head-up display. Through simple finger gestures, all vehicle occupants can make changes to the cabin environment, including lighting, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) and entertainment systems, eliminating the need for buttons or touch screen.
Another feature of the innovative R.E.A.D. System is Kia’s music-response vibration seats, where occupants can ‘feel’ their favorite songs as well as listen to them. The sensory-based signal processing technology adapts seat vibrations according to sound frequencies of the music being played. The vibration seats can also be set to massage mode to increase cabin comfort, as well as enhancing safety by providing haptic warnings from the vehicle’s advanced driver-assist systems.
Some of the technical expertise required to make this demo possible arose out of Kia’s research collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab’s Affective Computing Group as part of Kia’s Media Lab membership.
Kia giving CES visitors an opportunity to experience R.E.A.D. technology
Kia will have specially-designed experiential modules installed at its CES booth to demonstrate the potential of the R.E.A.D. System. For the first time ever, the public will be able to experience vehicle technology that recognizes their physiological emotions based on facial expressions, electrodermal activity, and heart rate. Visitors to CES will be able to witness the sensory controls react in real-time to their changing emotional state.
‘R.E.A.D. Me’ is a one-person cockpit that analyzes the ‘driver’s’ emotional state and creates a ‘space mood’ according to its judgment, using R.E.A.D. technologies such as facial expression recognition and vibration seats. This tailored environment will include bespoke sounds and fragrances to best suit the occupant’s current disposition.
‘R.E.A.D. Now’ is a two-person cockpit simulating a ‘Las Vegas autonomous tour car’ that will make suggestions on route choice and in-car entertainment based on an analysis of the driver’s mood. The occupants will be invited to use the V-Touch gesture control system to play games, select music genres, modify the cabin environment and browse the internet for local information.
‘R.E.A.D. Motion’ is a four-person cockpit which simulates a ‘mobile workspace’ that is expected to be a key benefit of life with autonomous vehicles. Occupants will be invited to take on the role of a ‘Kia executive’ preparing for a business trip, using V-Touch to check their schedule and meeting minutes, open emails and so on. The long-distance functionality of the system means occupants can take control of the R.E.A.D. Motion cockpit controls from a distance. The experience will finish with a live conference call on the head-up display.

Kia ‘Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving’ (R.E.A.D.) System

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Road clearance?

Do Not Read Between The Lines

*Facepalm*

I need help understanding the appeal of this vehicle.

Great idea!! Leave the mother vehicle at a car park outside the city and lightly pedal the seed car the rest of the way – say 10-20kms.. I’ll buy one!

Well it’s definitely a unique idea.

Kia already has a regular car model called the C’eed. That’s not going to cause any confusion at all. Nope. None at all.

Fortunately for anyone who might have been confused, the vehicle being shown at CES will of course never see production. It is the absolute embodiment of the idea of a concept car. Some clever ideas, off-the-deep-end styling, and obvious problems with day-to-day practicality.

It’s good to get these things shown, and some of the ideas may eventually filter down to real-life, but for now this is a curiosity more than it is a vehicle.

Auto shows are like a penis size comparison contest more than anything. Manufacturers show off garbage that’ll never work in the real world just because they can. Such a tragic waste of resources. These shows are too often a vanity fair for curiosities and a parchment for designers to go wild.