Autonomous driving is a big topic for car makers. Kia Motors takes the next step with a public road license in Nevada.
Kia Motors announced that the Korean car maker has been granted a license by the US state of Nevada to carry out testing of its autonomous driving technologies on public roads for the first time.
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Kia works together with sister company Hyundai experimenting with partially and fully-autonomous car technologies in real-world conditions, an important part of its roadmap for autonomous driving.
Kia plans to introduce a range of partially-autonomous driving technologies to its model line-up by 2020, and is aiming to bring its first fully-autonomous car to market by 2030.
Kia and Hyundai's initial investment into autonomous driving will total $2 billion by 2018. The car companies develop under this investment new Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technologies and employ a more engineers.
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Nevada's DMV has a special license for car makers that allows them to test autonomous vehicles on public roads in Nevada.