Kia is teaming up with the organization Hire Heroes USA, a nonprofit that helps coach veterans on finding civilian jobs. Kia will donate $25,000 initially as well as supporting them in future initiatives and programs. One goal of the Kia partnership with Hire Heroes USA is to raise awareness for the organization so more veterans can use its services.
Hire Heroes USA has also been named the official partner of the LPGA Kia Classic as an extension of its partnership with Kia, and a portion of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the charity.
Hire Heroes USA helps veterans by helping them understand skills they have that can be used in the workplace and teaching them how to search for jobs and create resumes. Most coursework is completed online or over the phone, with seven spots around the country where Veteran Transition Specialists are based.
The organization says their research shows an average impact of over $12,000 for every veteran who uses the program.
Looking at and test driving cars is the fun part of buying a new vehicle. The hard, troublesome part is when it comes to paying for your dream car. The process isn’t nearly as complicated as it may seem at first glance. Here’s how to finance a car—short, sweet, and to the point.
Before you fill out any applications, you’ll need to harvest some information. Your employer, social security number, income, and expenses are vital to filling out the application forms. You don’t need to know your credit score. Creditors will run their own credit check before making a loan offer.
At a dealership, the finance department is likely to have you fill out a few forms then submit them all on your behalf. If you’re filling out applications on your own, you’ll have many more forms and more stops to make before you receive any loan offers.
Once the applications have been submitted, lenders will look it over and run a credit check. A credit score above 720 will net you the lowest interest rates. The loan offers will roll in, usually on the same day, and it’s up to you to look them over and accept the loan length and interest rate that fit your financial situation.
Kia recently began testing driverless car technology, making it one of the first brands to invest in this exciting new take on mobility. Testing began in Nevada in a brightly-marked Kia Soul EV just after the state gave the automaker the green light for testing. This could be a sign that we may see driverless cars on the road in the near future.
According to the NY Daily News, the Kia driverless car was a $2 billion investment, with a focus on autonomous vehicle technology and researching. The brand is hoping to develop its Advanced Driver Assistance System by 2018. Though Kia had some difficulty getting state approval beforehand, largely due to safety concerns, Nevada gave the go-ahead late last year.
“Nevada’s less stringent regulations and willingness to accommodate businesses has helped it become an attractive place to test those technologies,” said Fortune Magazine’s Kirsten Korosec. “In 2011, Nevada became the first state to pass legislation to let companies operate autonomous vehicles on public roads, largely due to Google’s lobbying efforts there. It’s now one of just four states, plus Washington DC, that has laws regulating autonomous vehicle operations.”
Kia’s long-term goal is to have partially autonomous cars road-ready by 2020 and fully-autonomous cars by 2030. Although there is no word yet what the cars will look like or what the specs will be, the Kia Soul EV is doing just fine navigating courses and steering just like every other car on the road. Once the red tape clears, autonomous vehicles will be the future of mobility.