South Korean automaker Kia took to the stage at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to show off the new Ray and Naimo electric cars, which may eventually be available for sale in North America.
The Ray is already on sale in Korea, while the Naimo is just a concept. The big draw of the Naimo is its "User Centered Driving," which is a new information system that replaces the traditional dashboard with a touchscreen display capable of augmented reality.
"With the Kia Ray, which is Korea's first production electric vehicle, and the Naimo concept's forward-thinking UCD telematics, Kia is demonstrating leadership in the area of advanced technology development as our global R&D team pursues the goal of taking the vehicle-driver relationship to new levels with facial recognition technology and a number of interactive features," said Michael Sprague, vice president of marketing and communications for Kia Motors America.
While cars are becoming more advanced, unfortunately they still require regular auto maintenance. Until an automaker figures out a way for vehicles to fix themselves, drivers will have to pay close attention to catch any car repairs before they become major issues.