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Kia HabaNiro Spices up Manhattan

Kia calls the HabaNiro concept its “ECEV”.

Jim Robinson By: Jim Robinson April 23, 2019

NEW YORK, NY: Kia calls the HabaNiro concept, unveiled at the New York International Auto Show, its “Everything Car Electric Vehicle” or ECEV.

Created at Kia’s California design centre, the whimsically-named HabaNiro is an all-electric, all-wheel-drive four-seater with a range of up to 300 miles.

Billed as a compact crossover, HabaNiro has a part-time, five-level autonomous drive system that, when engaged, pulls the steering wheel and instrument panel forward for make more room for the four occupants.

One of the many new, leading edge technologies found in the HabaNiro is Kia’s new Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving (R.E.A.D.) System introduced earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show.

It can optimize and custom-tailor the cabin space by “learning” the driver’s emotional state in real-time through artificial intelligence-based bio-signal recognition technology.

Kia HabaNiro

Kia HabaNiro

The technology monitors the driver’s emotional state and changes the interior environment according to its assessment. It can potentially alter conditions relating to the human senses within the cabin and in turn creating a more pleasurable and safer driving experience.

Access to the cabin is by four, scissor-like panels where passenger will find no screens or displays with all information projected on the windshield full-width head-up display.

Passenger are warmed and cooled by a slim-line Perimeter Ventilation System (PVS) that sends a uniform flow of air into the cabin.

Ambient lighting throughout can be dimmed or brightened with changing colours able to modified to suit the mode of the passengers.