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Kia ‘Quoris’ flagship sedan promises innovative safety technologies August 1st, 2012

Kia’s striking, rear-wheel drive, all-new flagship sedan will be called ‘Quoris’ when it goes on sale in overseas markets from the fourth quarter of 2012 and features a host of hightech comfort and safety features, many of them never seen before on a Kia.

The Quoris employs Kia’s first radar-based Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC). Located in the right side of the front bumper, the radar system constantly monitors the road ahead, up to a range of 174 meters.

With ASCC activated, the Quoris monitors traffic conditions and speed in order to main-tain a pre-determined safe distance from the vehicle ahead. The ASCC is linked to the rest of the vehicle controls by the Quoris’ Advanced Vehicle Safety Management (AVSM). Integrating the control of various vehicle monitoring systems, including the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) , seatbelt mechanisms and multiple warning systems, the AVSM can alert the driver, pre-pressurize the braking system and activate the Pre-Safe Belt (PSB) system, depending on the anticipated level of a collision risk. Detecting a risk of a collision, AVSM warns the driver in three stages via a loud audible alarm, a visual warning on both the Head Up Display (HUD) and TFT LCD cluster and a haptic signal on the seatbelt. The Blind Spot. Detection (BSD) system for Quoris features two radar scanners located in each of the outer corners of the rear bumper. Each is capable of detecting objects up to 70 meters away from the rear, and four meters from each side. Activated at vehicle speeds above 30 kph, BSD gives the driver a warning when a vehicle comes into the blind spot zone.

Safety system utilize radar, cameras and haptic technology

Compared with sonic-based BSD systems, Quoris’ radar-based BSD gives a longer detection range, which is also exploited by the Lane Change Assistance (LCA) system. LCA alerts the driver to vehicles approaching from the rear at high speeds from up to 70 meters away. If the system also considers the speed of approach to be a potential hazard it will illuminate a warning triangle graphic in the left or right door mirror glass and activate a warning signal on the HUD. A forward-facing video camera is at the heart of the new sedan’s Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS). It monitors the car’s position in relation to lane markings and triggers a warning in case of unintended lane departures at speeds above 60 kph.

Four cameras on each side of Quoris are used to create its class-leading Around View Monitor (AVM) system, which provides maximum convenience and safety during parking and low-speed maneuvering. Unlike the majority of competitors’ AVM systems with a field-of-view of less than 270-degrees, the Quoris’ system offers a true 360-degree all-around view in eight different viewing modes, displayed on the Audio Video Navigation (AVN) monitor. Continuously synthesizing images from four cameras, the AVM provides a virtual ‘top’ view in motion, so the driver can easily have a full grasp of all his or her surroundings, maximizing safety for the car occupants as well as pedestrians.