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Kia Motors Granted License to Test Self-Driving Technology in Nevada

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2016 Kia Cadenza Front End

Soon, Kia models like the Cadenza (pictured above) could have some pretty nifty advanced safety technologies

Last month, Kia announced its newest plan to introduce a self-driving car by 2030. Now, it looks like the Korean carmaker is one step closer to its goal.

Kia, along with its sister company Hyundai, has received a license from Nevada to carry out testing its autonomous driving technologies on public roads. This will be the first time the carmaker will have access to public roads to test its self-driving tech, making it a huge leap for the brand’s future plans.

With this new license, Kia will be able to bring its self-driving technology to next month’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which takes place in Nevada. Nevada is the only state in the US that requires self-driving cars to undergo testing in real world conditions before they’re tested on public roads.

Along with testing its fully autonomous vehicle, Kia plans to test a range of partially autonomous technologies in the next few years. This includes Traffic Jam Assist, Highway Autonomous Driving, Urban Autonomous Driving, Emergency Stop System, and Autonomous Valet Parking technologies. These semi-autonomous technologies will possibly be available by 2020.

News Source: IEEE Spectrum