Safety With Kia
The safety of you and your drivers is of the utmost importance to Kia and is more paramount than ever. Statistics posted by The Department for Transport has recently revealed that in 2018 there was an increase in serious injuries resulting from road accidents.
To help keep you safe and reduce the risk of an accident, Kia employs an impressive range of advanced safety technologies in its vehicles. Not only do these measures help to protect your drivers, they reduce the likelihood of your vehicle being damaged, too. Here are just a few examples of Kia's impressive safety features.
Lane Keep Assist
We all try our best to stay completely focused on the road, but factor in ringing phones, talkative passengers or boisterous children and after a few hours of motorway driving, there is always a risk that you may lose concentration. To help reduce the risk of this causing an accident, Kia's Lane Keep Assist uses a camera at the top of the windscreen to monitor lane markings. If you begin to drift out of your lane without meaning to, the system will warn you and steer the car back into the lane.
Lane Following Assist
Lane Following Assist takes things a step further than Lane Keep Assist. Using cameras and radar sensors, the car monitors the lane markings as well as the car in front. This means the vehicle is able to control acceleration, braking and steering to follow the vehicles in front while maintaining a safe distance. This is particularly handy in heavy traffic, making the journey both easier and safer.
Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (City/Pedestrian)
Making further use of the car's advanced camera and radar sensors, FCA monitors the distance and speed of the car in front. If the vehicle believes a collision is imminent, it warns the driver with a visual alert. If there is no driver reaction, the car brakes automatically to avoid - or at the very least reduce the severity of - an accident.
The system detects vehicles as standard, but there is also optional pedestrian detection, which can detect people crossing the road. If the vehicle senses the possibility of an accident, the steering wheel gives a haptic response, and will apply the brakes if the driver doesn't take action.
Driver Attention Warning
As we become tired, we become less attentive, and the chance of an accident increases. As such, it's vitally important that we take a break when driving long distances. The Driver Attention Warning system continuously monitors drivers' concentration levels. It analyses how you are using the steering wheel, indicators, accelerator and overall duration of the journey. If you begin showing signs of drowsiness or inattentiveness, DAW alerts you and recommends taking a break.
Blind-Spot Collision Warning
Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) gives you added peace of mind when changing lanes. Using its radar to monitor the cars around you, it warns you if there is a vehicle in or approaching your blindspot with a sounds and a symbol on the side-view mirror.
Speed Limit Information Function
When you're driving an unfamiliar road, it's frustrating to be unsure of the speed limit. To help solve this, the Intelligent Speed Limit Information Function reads speed limit signs and overtaking restrictions, and displays the information clearly on the navigation screen and cluster. So even if you've missed a speed limit sign, there's a good chance your Kia hasn't - meaning you can drive at an appropriate speed even on unknown roads.
High Beam Assist
Imagine you're on a poorly lit country lane. You want to use your high beams, but don't want to dazzle oncoming drivers. With High Beam assist, Kia cars will automatically turn on their high beams in appropriate conditions, then, when the camera detects an oncoming vehicle, the system automatically switches to low beam to avoid dazzling other drivers.
Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning
We've all been there. You're in a packed and busy car park, trying to reverse out of a space, but you can't see whether any cars are approaching. With the Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning, the radar-based system will alert you to traffic crossing your path, helping you to avoid unnecessary repair bills.