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Hyundai launches smartphone-based EV control technology

The new technology will be implemented in future Hyundai and Kia vehicles

South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai Motor has introduced its industry-first smartphone-based electric vehicle pairing performance adjustment technology, which allows drivers to modify seven performance features within the EV through a smartphone application.

The features that will be controlled through the technology are maximum torque output of the motor, ignition, acceleration and deceleration abilities, regenerative braking capacity, maximum speed limit, responsiveness, and energy use on climate control.

In the growing EV industry, the online platform will allow drivers to use their custom settings in whichever vehicle they enter by downloading their profile from the server, which is protected by blockchain technology to prevent security issues. During the uploading and sharing processes, the system encrypts performance parameters in a secure network by creating new data blocks and storing them in the distributed data storage system to block unauthorised manipulation.

The new system, which will be implemented on future Hyundai and Kia vehicles, can also recommend tailored optimised performance settings by analysing the remaining distance to the destination and the required energy the EV needs to reach it.

This new technology suits electric vehicles as altering performance settings to modify the driving experience does not affect the carbon footprint.

“As Hyundai Motor Group is planning to deploy 44 eco-friendly models by year 2025, including 23 electric vehicles, we see the potential of technologies and services inherent in non-combustion vehicles,” said research fellow JeongSoo Eo from Hyundai Motor Group. “By developing paradigm-shifting mobility technology like this one, we will continue to strive to improve user experience for electric vehicles customised to individual preferences.”

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