Kia Sat-Nav Update to Reduce BEV Customer Range Anxiety

Kia hopes to allay its BEV customers’ range anxiety a little more with its latest software update adding charging points into its sat-nav offering.

The automaker has announced a series of over-the-air improvements to its vehicles led by the introduction of BEV route planning. The new feature is included in the latest software update for its EV6 and all-new Niro EV fleet.

The navigation system now detects charging stations along the route and adds them as waypoints automatically. This system claims to automatically recognize if battery levels are insufficient to reach the destination and alerts drivers along with a selection of charging stations in the vicinity. To ensure optimal charging time, the vehicle will, if needed, automatically start the battery conditioning process.

The proposed route is based on an algorithm that takes into consideration the state of charge, Live Charging POI (points of interest) information and the current energy consumption which is based on many external factors like topography, weather condition and traffic, as well as the driver style and/or mode. This update ensures that BEV planning information will be maintained even in case the server routing changes to embedded routing because of network issues. In this case, the system will perform recalculations including existing recommended BEV POI’s and distance information. All data will update automatically after switching to CCS mode again.

The new update also prioritizes frequently used charging and filling stations in the search. They can be viewed by selecting Navigation > POI categories > EV charging/Filling stations > Near current position. The system will display a list of charging/filling stations near the vehicle’s current location and will identify the ones visited several times recently. In addition, favorite charging/filling station data is now synchronized between Head Unit and phone application. Finally, the EV Route Planner functionality is available now and it will be continuously improved via software updates in the future.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_  and Threads



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