This article was originally published on Fleet News.
Hyundai Motor Group has announced new smartphone technology to adjust seven performance features on its electric cars.
Called ‘smartphone-electric vehicle pairing based performance adjustment technology,’ it allows users to customise the maximum torque output, ignition, acceleration and deceleration abilities, regenerative braking capacity, maximum speed limit, responsiveness, and energy use on climate control, through a smartphone app.
The app provides optimised settings for a designated destination by analysing the remaining distance and electric energy requirement. It can also accommodate sportier driving by recommending tailored performance settings.
Beyond the driver’s seat, users can share their customisation settings online as well as try out other users’ custom settings.
Customers can also apply recommended settings by the brands based on the condition of roads, from country roads to the city center or mountain ranges.
Hyundai Motor Group will utilise blockchain technology to prevent security issues while users upload and share their custom settings on the server.
In the process of uploading and sharing custom settings, the system encrypts major performance parameters in a blockchain network by creating new data blocks and stores them in the distributed data storage system to block unauthorised manipulation.
“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.”
The technology is expected to be implemented in future Kia and Hyundai vehicles.