Kia's policy is to make the latest safety and communications technologies available to buyers at every level where they can be done so affordably. With this in mind, every version of the all-new Picanto is available with Autonomous Emergency Braking as part of Kia's advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and it is standard from grade ‘3’. The new Picanto is also the first small Kia to feature torque vectoring while, in an increasingly connected world, a Kia Connected Services package powered by TomTom® and featuring Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay® smartphone integration is standard with the grade ‘3’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models.
Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition takes data from radar and a camera to detect sudden and potentially dangerous braking by a vehicle ahead, and activates the brakes. At speeds between 5mph and 50mph the Picanto will come to a complete stop, avoiding many potential collisions and minimising the consequences of others. It is also able to detect pedestrians who wander into its path, and apply the brakes in the same way. Visual and audible alerts warn the driver of imminent danger so that manual intervention is possible before the car starts to brake automatically. At up to 112mph, partial autonomous braking comes into play to reduce the severity of, or completely prevent, collisions.
Torque Vectoring is a first for Kia in the city-car class and a further aid to handling stability. Using the anti-lock brake and ESC sensors, it detects when the car is drifting off its intended course in corners and brakes the inside rear wheel if the front of the car is running wide or the outer rear wheel if the rear tyres are starting to slide. It is standard on all models.
Kia Connected Services with TomTom are accessed through a 7-inch 'floating' touchscreen navigation system. The information available to drivers includes live traffic updates, weather reports, speed camera locations and local point-of-interest searches.
Android Auto is available when paired with Android smartphones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher, while Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 and newer versions of the Apple handset. Both allow occupants to connect to various apps and functions, including voice-guided, hands-free calls and texts. Android Auto gives access to Google maps navigation and Google Play music, while Apple CarPlay links to pre-loaded maps, music, podcasts, texts and messages and audiobooks, all through Siri voice control.