The highly anticipated Kia EV6 electric crossover has been equipped with class-leading levels of safety and convenience, including an advanced suite of driver assistance systems (ADAS). The EV6’s innovative, high-tech features reduce many of the inherent hazards and stresses of driving, protecting occupants and other road users while making each drive a truly relaxing and intuitive experience.
Out on the open road
To ensure safety and convenience out on the highway, the EV6 features Kia’s latest Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA 2) package. Using radars located around the vehicle, the system can help the driver to maintain a set distance and speed from the vehicle ahead while Lane Following Assist (LFA) technology centres the vehicle in its lane. Using Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control with Curve Control (NSCC-C), the system can reduce the vehicle speed through curves and reset the speed once conditions allow.
In case of an adjacent vehicle driving in close proximity, HDA 2 assists by adjusting the EV6’s path, avoiding any possible risk of collision. Changing lanes is also now easier than ever. With the driver’s hands on the steering wheel and above a certain speed, a click of the indicator stalk will automatically move the car into the corresponding lane.
The EV6 features Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM) and Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA) systems to ensure lane changes are made safely every time. BVM acts as a second
pair of eyes by eliminating the driver’s left- and right-hand side blind spots by displaying a high-definition view within the EV6’s fully-digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster. BCA uses radar sensors to warn the driver of approaching vehicles, with the system activating the brakes if there’s a risk of a collision during lane change manoeuvres.
Safely navigating junctions, particularly those that feature multiple lanes, can often be a stressful experience for many drivers. Kia’s Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system now includes Junction Turning and Junction Crossing functions aimed at providing maximum preventative safety when navigating junctions. If the EV6’s turn signal is activated, the system will warn the driver if there is a collision risk with an oncoming vehicle. Similarly, a warning is provided if there is a risk from vehicles approaching from the left or right when the driver is travelling straight across a junction. If either risk increases, the system will warn the driver and automatically apply the brakes to avoid a collision.
Key to a vehicle’s safety is the ability to see and be seen. To provide the very best levels of illumination, the Kia EV6 features the new Intelligent Front-lighting System (IFS), a technology that enables each LED to light independently to deliver a precise lighting experience. IFS allows the driver to travel with a permanent high beam without any risk of dazzling oncoming traffic. A front view camera featuring vehicle recognition technology automatically dims or brightens each individual LED, enhancing the driver’s forward vision while protecting oncoming traffic from glare in real time.
Manoeuvring made easy
Parking and other potentially tricky manoeuvres are made easier with Surround View Monitor (SVM). Cameras display a 360-degree view around the car, with the display conveniently located on the EV6’s infotainment screen. Reversing out of a tight space is also made safer thanks to Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA). This high-tech system detects oncoming vehicles approaching from either side when reversing. Should a potential collision be detected, the system will automatically brake the vehicle.
For those really tight parking spaces, drivers can call upon the EV6’s Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) system to take the hassle out of parking entirely. RSPA is a feature that enables the vehicle to park itself autonomously, whether or not the driver is in the vehicle. Using surround view cameras and ultrasonic sensors, the EV6 can highlight a parking space of a suitable size and automatically steer itself into the space, with automatic control of accelerator, brakes and gearshift. What’s more, RSPA can park the vehicle in both perpendicular and parallel parking bays.
Once parked up and should rear seat passengers open the doors to disembark, Kia’s Safe Exit Assist (SEA) system will automatically provide a warning and lock the door if an approaching vehicle from the rear side is detected within the EV6’s blind spot, helping to reduce the risk of a collision and enhancing safety at the end of a journey.
For added convenience, the EV6 also features Kia’s Smart Power Tailgate. By pocketing the EV6’s Smart Key and approaching the rear of the vehicle, the system will recognise the key and will open the tailgate automatically, allowing easy and convenient access to the boot, a boon for those whose hands are full.